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

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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. […]

Self Service Legal Sites

Self-Serve Legal Websites I wanted to weigh in on the self-serve legal sites that we’re seeing advertised more and more. Well, I’m not going to name names here, but let’s just say that the most popular version of these rhymes with BegalRoom.com. Should we use these sites? Why or why not? What’s the worst that […]

Employee or Independent Contractor?

In this (brief) post, I won’t go into why you might want to designate someone an “independent contractor” as opposed to an “employee,” but rather what you have to do to make that designation stick. Often, businesses want to avoid generating an employer-employee relationship and would prefer to have an Independent Contractor perform certain tasks […]

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