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Part 2 of 3: Primer on Contract Brewing Arrangements in Washington State

Last time, we provided an intro to contract brewing in Washington state. Today, we continue our three-part series, covering more must-knows about contract brewing, as a viable business option for licensed microbreweries in the state of Washington. Before getting started, be sure to review Part 1, if you haven’t already. We’ll cover two important aspects to contract […]

Part 1 of 3: Primer on Contract Brewing Arrangements in Washington State

In some states, contract brewing or “gypsy brewing” is a popular way to get started. For those unfamiliar with the term, contract brewing typically refers to an arrangement where one brewery uses another brewery’s equipment and sometimes staff to produce a batch of beer. It’s understandable why these arrangements are so popular in states that […]

Selling Your Beer at a Washington Farmers Market

Our new breweries often seek legal and business advice about ways to get brand exposure, while building a connection with their community. And, one question that comes up is whether it’s a good idea to sell or sample beer at a farmers market. As you’d expect, a farmers market is a great place to engage […]

Start-up Brewery Business Backbone: Planning for the Best By Planning for the Worst

It won’t surprise you to hear that, for every group of folks that takes positive steps to start a brewery, a certain percentage never end up launching. There are countless reasons for abandoned business plans. Life happens, after all. More often than not, however, struggles in the start-up days are due to the same sorts […]

A Note on Trademark Dominance; A Fresh Look at “Natty Greene’s” and “Natty Light.”

This past week, we’ve seen blogs light up with coverage of the “Natty Greene’s” trademark spat. It’s a simple one: a craft brewery has recently applied for the “Natty Greene’s” trademark and Anheuser-Busch InBev already holds a similar trademark in “Natty Light.” InBev is opposing the trademark application, saying it’s too close to theirs. There’s […]

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