The brewing business sure is brewing, isn’t it? With this growth has come a need for beverage-savvy attorneys across the United States. Breweries are getting bigger. They’re doing innovative things. They’re collaborating. They’re releasing more brands. They’re pushing the edges of the regs. They’re advocating for changes. They’re looking for a path forward, and they can’t do it all alone.
Doug and I have a lot of fun helping breweries everyday. And, I have a lot of fun waxing poetic about beverage law here, while showing my trademark geek badge quite frequently. Although most of my posts are geared toward our would-be breweries or are framed to spark the interest of those already practicing in this field, we regularly hear from another set of readers—attorneys and law students interested in developing a practice that includes beverage law in one way or another.
I don’t want those emails to stop, but I do want to announce a helpful resource now out there for those thinking about practicing in this area. I teamed up with online CLE provider LexVid a few months back to put together a streamable CLE series on exploring beverage law as a practice area. I made it brewery specific in my examples, but the content carries over to whatever kind of beverages or beverage clients strike your fancy: wine, mead, cider, spirits, and so on.
The first module provides background on beverage law, dials you into important regulatory issues, and then offers insight about how to help your first start-up brewery client. The second module is my favorite; it focuses on intellectual property issues you’ll want to be familiar with to effectively help your beverage businesses. Depending on where you’re licensed, you can scoop up 2-3 hours of CLE credits for the whole set. I also believe LexVid does a free hour of CLEs, so you can get your feet wet without jumping all the way in.
I hope you find the content helpful!