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The new .beer domain name, should you be concerned?

Today, we direct you to some emerging stuff on domain names. To be sure, when you’re in the back, cleaning kegs, your online presence is about the last thing on your mind. But, we all know the web is an important face of any brand. Now, you might have heard some hub-bub recently about the […]

TTB Issues New Rule Exempting Barrel-aged and Specialty Beers from COLA Formula Requirements

We all know that when you’re shipping a beer into interstate commerce, it needs a TTB-approved label (also known as a certificate of label approval or a COLA). This past week, TTB issued Ruling 2014-4 that hands down some good news for a lot of producers throughout the country. In the past, TTB required brewers […]

Referencing Celebrities in Beer Names and Labels: The Ozzy Dispute

This week, Black Sabbath rocker Ozzy Osbourne sent a cease and desist to a Baltimore-based brewery, Brewer’s Art. The letter involves a belgian strong ale the brewery refers to as Ozzy Ale. Had the “Ozzy” use been limited to the name, the C&D might have been a stretch. Here, however, the beer’s label art features […]

Using Metatags: Do You Know What’s Under the Hood of Your Website?

These days, having a solid website is a big part of building any brand. But, if the building process of that website is left unattended, the site can actually be a surprising (and maybe sort of ridiculous) source of legal liability, too. We’re talking about metatags. If you’re not familiar with metatags, they’re a portion […]

Keyword Advertising: Is it okay to buy your competitor’s brewery or beer name as a Google AdWord?

Fortunately for new and existing breweries, it typically doesn’t take long for resident and visiting beer aficionados to find you and check you out. Of course, there’s value in having a marketing strategy as a part of your business plan, and for some breweries that includes using Google AdWords. For those not familiar with the […]

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