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Is Your Trademarkable Beer Name Distributable?

It’s no secret, I’m a big believer in proactive brand protection. To that, I’ve been pleased to see breweries get out in front of trademark issues by asking for early clearance reports for their new beer names, then filing a 1(b) trademark application to secure the name. It’s a big part of what I do […]

Part 3 of 3: Why Beer Labels Usually Don’t Need (But Can Include) ABV and Nutrient Content Information

Over the last couple of days, we’ve been talking about beer labels—why they don’t always have to include information like ABV, serving size, calorie content, and the like, and also explaining why and how you can still legally volunteer this sort of information. If you’ve missed Parts 1 and 2 of this 3-part series, take […]

Part 1 of 3: Why Beer Labels Usually Don’t Need (But Can Include) ABV and Nutrient Content Information

Beer labels. They definitely can be an artist’s canvas, but more often than not, they’re a prime example of federal regulatory oversight in overdrive. For those brewers who are already shipping across state lines, or thinking about it, you know you need to get a “Certificate of Label Approval” (COLA, for short) to legally do […]

The TTB Modernizes? Shelton Brothers Push The F’ing Envelope

First of all, big thanks to my favorite beverage law blog – BevLog – for bringing this to my attention. It appears that the often fearless Daniel Shelton, of famed beverage importer Shelton Brothers, has decided that the “queen mother of dirty words” (thanks Ralph) no longer meets the definition of “obscene or indecent.” Because […]

New COLA Form Showcases Vast List of Allowable Revisions

  The TTB has decided to throw a bone to all of us who have to navigate through COLA submissions. It’s a very big bone.   For years, people have clamored for more freedom in the COLA submission process, and finally they are going to give it to us. The TTB commented that over 146,000 […]

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