Category Archives: Brewpub

beer-truck February 14

Final Briefs Filed as Craft Brewers’ Fight to Terminate Distribution Agreements in Ohio Rolls On

When last we wrote about the ongoing attempts by Great Lakes Brewing and Boston Beer Company to terminate their distribution arrangements with Souther Glazer’s in Ohio, Great Lakes had just filed its appellate brief looking to overturn the order that the District Court entered forcing it to keep selling to Southern Glazer’s.  The beauty of […]

happy-hour-sign January 25

A Win for Rational Thought In Alcohol Advertising – 8th Circuit Asks District Court to Consider Whether There’s A Correlation Between Alcohol Advertising Regulations and Their Intended Objectives In Order to Satisfy First Amendment Scrutiny

It’s not just that some 20th Century laws are not equipped to handle 21st Century problems. (I read that in a Google ad a while back and still think it is a great statement.)  Its that since the time when many of the problems asserted in the alcohol industry were the subject of “tied-house” and […]

alcohol-advertising January 20

Oral Argument Video of Challenge to Alcohol Advertising Tied-House Regulations at 9th Circuit

As we said we would yesterday, here is the video of the oral argument that happened yesterday in Retail Digital Network, LLC, v. Director of Alcoholic Control Board, Applesmith (link is to our post from yesterday describing the case and why it is important to advertisers and brewers, vintners, and distillers.

wine-beer-retail January 18

Is it really a “tied-house” if your alcoholic beverage category isn’t sold by the retailer?

In a recent and interesting challenge to the three-tiered system’s prohibition on “tied-houses” a winery owner looking to maintain an interest in some Iowa convenience stores made an interesting argument:  since the convenience stores only sold beer and not wine, the mutual ownership didn’t violate the Iowa prohibition on tied-houses. Iowa, like most states has […]

alcohol-money January 16

Brewers, Vintners, and Distillers Get Your Money Back! (or hold on to it longer) – Federal Bond Requirements and Tax Payment Timing Changed for Small Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries

The TTB’s new temporary rule, T.D. TTB-146 removes the bond requirements for breweries, wineries and distilleries that don’t pay more than $50,000 in excise taxes within the calendar year and that didn’t pay more than $50,000 in the prior calendar year.  If your winery, distillery, or brewery fits, the bill, you can amend your notice/registration […]

beer-distribution-agreement January 09

Brewers Seek Distributor Termination in Ohio Lawsuit That Could Result in Important Legal Interpretation Regarding Beer Distribution Agreements and Franchise Laws

There are a few interesting cases winding their way through the courts in 2017 that will have a large impact on trade practice laws and issues related to the three-tiered system.  One in particular is getting briefed for argument at the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. Great Lakes and Boston Beer are involved in a […]

crowler December 08

Challenge to Retailer Crowler Ban in Texas Has Another Win – And Court Finds Regulatory FAQs are Rulings that Can be Challenged

Growler/crowler laws and regulations across the country are a hodgepodge of nonsensical restrictions on the sale of beer that usually come down to a singular question – who can fill containers of beer to go?  Some states say the privilege rests solely with brewers in their tap rooms, some states let any retailer – gas […]

Anchor Steam(ed) up in dispute over use of “Steam” trademark for craft beer by City Steam Brewery

In a lawsuit filed two weeks ago, Anchor Steam Brewery is seeking to enforce its rights to its “Steam” trademark for beer against City Steam Brewery in Connecticut.  The case between these two brewers had been milling around the Trademark Trials and Appeals Board but now that Anchor filed suit, they’re seeking to stay that […]