Category: Brewery Law

  Minnesota’s beer wholesale law is extremely one-sided in favor of wholesalers.  In order to terminate a distribution agreement with a wholesaler, the brewer must have “good cause” (as defined by the statute) to do so.  Even with “good cause”, …

Should Minnesota’s Beer Distribution Law Contain a “Small Brewer Exemption”? Read More »

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The Brewers Association, the trade organization for the U.S. craft brewing industry, recently announced a new marketing program in the wake of numerous acquisitions of traditional craft breweries by brewing giants such as AB InBev (parent corporation of Budweiser). This …

What’s the Deal with the New “Independent Craft Brewer” Seal? Read More »

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  It is the rare unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision that attracts any attention, but when the case has implications for sports and beer…. Last Wednesday on 3 And Out we talked about the Matal v. Tam decision – which …

U.S. Supreme Court Decision Has Implications for the Craft Beverage Industry, Minnesota Beercast 6.23.17 Read More »

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There is never a dull moment in the brewing industry, and this past week was no exception.  Here are just a few recent stories and my take on them: Family-Owned State Beer Distributor Suing Summit Brewing:  A family-owned and operated …

What’s On Tap from the World of Brewery Law Read More »

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  Recently KARE 11 News ran a story speculating about whether a “bubble” exists in Minnesota’s craft beer industry, and if so, when will it burst?  Check out the video here, which features some nice commentary by my good friend, …

Can Law Changes Help Avoid a Minnesota Craft Beer “Bubble”? Read More »

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As the number of breweries grows in the United States, trademark issues have become an increasingly hot area of the law.  A recent article discussed some of the issues involved with the proliferation of beer names and the problems encountered when …

Brewing Up Disputes: Beer Names and Trademarks Read More »

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    NOTE: Through the course of representing over two dozen breweries in Minnesota and beyond, I’ve learned a little about what it takes to start a brewery.  No matter where you look in researching your plans, you will come …

Gap Financing for Breweries – Special Guest Post by Annie Deckert, Decklan Group Read More »

  If you’re a Minnesotan, unless you’ve been in a coma the last few months, by now you know that the battle to repeal the state’s ban on Sunday liquor sales ended in defeat at the hands of special interests …

No Sunday Growler Sales, But…: A Look at New Minnesota Liquor Laws Read More »

  Waconia’s Schram Vineyards is in the news for becoming Minnesota’s first combination brewery & winery. The first reaction by some will be “wait a minute, I thought that in Minnesota you couldn’t operate both a winery and a brewery?!” My …

In Minnesota, a Winery Can Operate a Brewery, But a Brewery May Not Be Able to Operate a Winery; Wait, What? Read More »

      Following up on my appearance on WCCO’s News and Views last weekend talking about the stalled Sunday liquor sales efforts at the Minnesota Legislature, I visited NewsTalk 1130 this past Saturday and talked with Siri Freeh about Minnesota …

ICYMI: Minnesota Craft Beer and the Law, Saturdays With Siri, May 3, 2014 Read More »