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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 […]

Why Every Brewery Should Care About Copyright Law: Part 2 of 2

Yesterday, we covered key differences between trademarks and copyrights. (There are a bunch more, so we’ll save them as future blog fodder.) Today, we zero in on just how important it is to take a thoughtful approach to copyright protection. With an exceptionally small time and money investment, your registered copyright may well work harder […]

Why Every Brewery Should Care About Copyright Law: Part 1 of 2

At this point, you know trademarks are important. But, despite the common misconception, a trademark is in no way a substitute for a copyright. The reverse is also true. Today, in part one of this two-part post, we take on an important question many of our clients approach us with: What is the difference between […]

Can Brewery Taproom Managers Split Tips with Staff?

Tip splitting or pooling is common practice, especially in busy bars and breweries. It’s generally legal, but only under certain circumstances. To that, one question we’re often asked is whether it’s okay for taproom managers to also receive a split of the tips. The answer depends on both federal and state law, so it’s best […]

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