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 […]

Private Clubs in NC

What is it and FAQs *This article ONLY pertains to private clubs in North Carolina. I stumbled upon this helpful “Frequently Asked Questions” pamphlet that the NC ABC Commission wrote. Click here to read more FAQs. Underlined portions are added for emphasis. The link to the original PDF is below. A private club is an […]

“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 […]

Your Trademark is Finally Registered. Now what?

Part I: Trademark Incontestability After federally registering your trademark you might think that you’re done dealing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), but, unfortunately, think again. You still have one more deadline to abide by if you want to permanently strengthen your registered rights. As the proud owner of a federally trademarked […]

The “New” Growler Law – What’s it mean for NC Breweries?

Session Law 2013-76 was signed into law by Governor McCrory on June 12, 2013. Formerly numbered as H829 and titled “An Act To Allow Certain ABC Permittees To Sell Malt Beverages In Certain Containers For Consumption Off  The Permitted Premises,” and colloquially referred to as “The Growler Law.”   OK. That’s great, but what does […]

Best of… week of August 13, 2012

Here’s my round-up (a couple of days late) of last weeks best stories and articles for Small Business and Beer Business. Small Business I often advise clients on when is the right time to incorporate or form a business (i.e. start acting as a business and not as a person) and why. Thanks to Nina […]

Best of… week of August 6, 2012

Ok, well, it’s that time again… time to recap the week. But, I took an unexpected week off last week so I need to catch up. Here’s the best from the last TWO weeks! Small Business As folks look to form businesses, you have to ask yourself questions about what kind of structure makes sense […]

Best of… week of July 16

  It’s that time again! It has been a busier week than I had realized, there’s a lot to cover, so get ready. Here’s my summary of the best articles in (small) Business and (craft) Beer   Small Business   This year has some special issues going on for personal and corporate/business taxes. Here’s a […]

Best of… for the week of July 9

NEXT! Here’s the roundup for this week: Small Business I heard a statistic that the most people will have an average of 5 careers in their working life. That means that there’s got to be a lot of people out there with life and work changes. Maybe the best person for the job isn’t the […]

How do the “big boys” fit with Craft Beer and the Craft Beer Business?

I’ve been thinking about the Big Beer companies, the big and the getting-bigger companies. The story starts a few weeks ago. I had been watching a thread on a forum where a homebrewer started off by saying something like “I can’t drink macro lager anymore. I can’t believe anyone who like craft beer can stand […]

Best of… for the week of June 25th

  Ok, so here’s the roundup for this week: Small Business   Are you focusing on your social media marketing? Thinking about how you use social media to dive sales? What about a social media policy in your business? Here are 5 Bad Habits Small Business Have With Social Media.   Once you have defined […]

Best of… for the week of June 18, 2012

Ok, so here’s the round up for this past week. I’m going to try and separate by topic area, but there’s a lot to cover, so buckle in! Small Business Beware the Paralyzing “Whac-A-Mole” Trademark Mentality Trademark: develop a trademark strategy. First, don’t run after a trademark after someone else has started using it. Then […]

Why should a brewery start out as an LLC?

So, I got this question late last week and advised a client appropriately, but perhaps it is worth a bit more discussion / generalization. Sorry this post turned out longer than most, but it is all important stuff. So here goes: You may have seen my article earlier on LLC v Inc, and that is […]

Not Too Big, but Too Many?

I’ve been thinking about the craft beer market lately. I work with several craft breweries and folks who want to get into the craft beer and beverage industry and I’ve been reading a lot about new breweries opening, new beers out there, and what the latest and greatest “extreme” beer to come down the pike. […]

Why the Hell Would You Open a Brewery?

Quick note: This week’s entry is a guest post from Chris Creech at Fortnight Brewing in Raleigh/Durham. Chris and his team are a great group of people and blazing a path toward opening the newest brewery in the area. They’re focused on English inspired beers and are constantly out in the community working toward their […]

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