Category: Brewery Law

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

  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”,

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

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

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

  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

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What’s On Tap from the World of Brewery Law

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

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

  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,

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Brewing Up Disputes: Beer Names and Trademarks

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

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

    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

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

  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

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

  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

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

      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