Happy Hour: Myth or Reality?

This week’s blog post might be a real downer to some of you who look forward to happy hour. *North Carolina does NOT allow happy hour for alcohol. Eating establishments can offer happy hour for food only. See ABC Rule 2S.0232 (b). The ABC Commission has compiled “Happy Hours FAQs” that sheds some light on […]

How to Advertise Correctly: Q & A

Breweries want to advertise their products and their beer. There is a correct way to advertise products and a-not-so-legal way to promote your business and beer. Check out the FAQs surrounding advertising. A PDF was created by the NC ABC. Can I place a dry erase board outside my business to advertise beer or wine […]

How to market and advertise the CORRECT way

Information for this blog post can be found here. Be smart about how you advertise and market your beer. Common sense is important here. Always portray drinking beer in a responsible way. Beer advertising and marketing materials should NOT: Portray, encourage, or condone drinking and driving; Depict situations where beer is being consumed excessively, involuntarily, […]

Limited Liability Company: Operating Agreement

Part 5 To read Part 1, click here. To read Part 2, click here. To read Part 3, click here. To read Part 4, click here. Disclaimer: This blog post focuses on North Carolina law and follows the NC Secretary of State rules. We cannot speak nor advise you on what other states’ rules and […]

Limited Liability Company: Internal Management

Part 4 To read Part 1, click here. To read Part 2, click here. To read Part 3, click here. Disclaimer: This blog post focuses on North Carolina law and follows the NC Secretary of State rules. We cannot speak nor advise you on what other states’ rules and policies are for limited liability companies. […]

Limited Liability Company: Maintaining your Business

Part 3 To read Part 1, click here. To read Part 2, click here. Disclaimer: This blog post focuses on North Carolina law and follows the NC Secretary of State rules. We cannot speak nor advise you on what other states’ rules and policies are for limited liability companies. *This information is taken from the […]

Limited Liability Company: Starting the Paperwork

Part 2 To read Part 1, click here Disclaimer: This blog post focuses on North Carolina law and follows the NC Secretary of State rules. We cannot speak nor advise you on what other states’ rules and policies are for limited liability companies. *This information is taken from the North Carolina Secretary of State’s website […]

Limited Liability Company: Choosing a Name

Part 1 Disclaimer: This blog post focuses on North Carolina law and follows the NC Secretary of State rules. We cannot speak nor advise you on what other states’ rules and policies are for limited liability companies. *This information is taken from the North Carolina Secretary of State’s website and can be viewed here.   […]

Serving Alcohol in NC

Compliance with Alcohol Part 5 of our Festival blog series. Check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 Are you compliant? Hopefully, yes. If not, hopefully these rules can help you. Serving alcohol in general follows a lot of strict rules. Below is a list of guidelines that breweries must follow to […]

What You Wear Does Say A lot About You!

Compliance at Festivals in NC: Quality Control Tasting & Attire Part 4 of our Festival blog series. Check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 Are you compliant? Hopefully, yes. If not, hopefully these rules can help you. We’ve (mostly the ABC) have broken down compliance issues into four parts: pre-festival/event, staffing at the festival/event, quality […]

Compliance at NC Festivals

Part 3 of our Festival blog series. Check out Part 1 and Part 2 Are you compliant? Hopefully, yes. If not, hopefully these rules can help you. We’ve (mostly the ABC) have broken down compliance issues into four parts: pre-festival/event, staffing at the festival/event, quality control testing, and festival/event attire. This blog focuses on pre-festival/event […]

The Nitty Gritty Facts about Festivals

Part 1 of our festival blog post series. It’s summer. It’s hot outside. Outdoor festivals and events ensue. Our next couple of blog posts will be breaking down the NC ABC’s rules for festivals/events. Stay tuned for our posts!   The NC ABC has some pretty strict rules on the co-mingling of alcohol and festivals/events. […]

Trademark Registration: Standard Application vs. Intent to Use Application

USPTO Trademark Registration The difference between a standard trademark application versus an Intent to Use application. We always get a lot of questions regarding trademarks, about the registration process, and the different types of trademark applications. Watch the video to learn more about the USPTO and how to register trademarks.         Contact […]

Growlers-Rules and Requirements in NC

What are they? Do I need a permit? What does the label look like? So many questions, and hopefully this article will help clear up some confusion. Growlers are a rigid glass, plastic, aluminum, or stainless steel container with a flip-top or screw-on lid that is no larger than two 2 liters (0.5283 gallons) into […]

Demystifying Legal Self Help vs. Hiring an Attorney

      YouTube Did you know that we have a YouTube page? Check us out! Contact us If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email me at john@beerlawcenter.com or call 919-335-5291. Be sure to check out Beer Law Center and Matheson Law Office for all things NC legal.

I need a permit for that? ABC Permits in NC

Common ABC Permits in NC  NC ABC* in regards to beer** *This article ONLY pertains to ABC permits in North Carolina. ** The NC ABC deals with more than just beer, but for the purposes of this article we are only talking about permits as they relate to beer. Once you receive your Brewers Notice […]

“Can I do this?” Frequently Asked Questions about Alcohol

FAQ Time: I stumbled upon this helpful “Frequently Asked Questions” pamphlet that the NC ABC Commission wrote. We underlined certain portions for emphasis. The link to the original PDF is below. Q: If I run out of alcoholic beverages at one business can I transfer it to my other permitted business? No. If you own […]

Brewing after the TTB

Just when you thought you were done with the TTB. . . . It is extremely important to keep the TTB informed about any major changes to your brewery, winery, or distillery. Anytime you have a “significant change” you need to update your Brewers Notice with a TTB Amendment. A “significant change” is generally: A […]

Trademarking “Sunshine State Brewing Company”

There are a couple of issues with trademarking “Sunshine State Brewing Company.”  (1) You cannot register a geographic location on the federal registry (USPTO). (2) You cannot register a generic word or phrase. Let’s delve into the reasoning. For “Sunshine State Brewing Company” you cannot own the words “brewing company” because they’re generic. The word […]

Interested in Registering your Trademark at the State Level?

  Trademark Series Part 3 Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of our Trademark Series!   In addition to the federal registry (The United States Patent and Trademark Office), you can also register your mark at the state level. The USPTO oversees federal registration for trademarks. The USPTO offers national protection for your mark. […]

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