Category Archives: Craft Beer

March 15

Example Agreements: Licensing Your Brand To Create Chackies For Your Distributors and Customers

People love to wear branded stuff.  I accept this as a general truth.  The sooner you accept is as well and offer them the chance to promote your brand for you, the sooner you’ll be getting some free advertising.  They particularly like beer, spirits, and food brands (my awesome Chateauneuf Du Pape shirt notwithstanding).  That […]

March 01

Kona Brewing Sued For Falsely Advertising It’s Made in Hawaii

Kona Brewing prides itself on its Hawaiian origins.  Take a look at that website, even the little lizard has some kind of surfer tattoo.  Back in 2010, the brand sold to Craft Brew Alliance and according to Wikipedia, “Kona Brewing Company brands are also produced at Widmer Brothers Brewery in Portland, Oregon and Redhook Ale […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

January 12

Is Your Label Protected? Label Art Copyright Can Provide Some Added Protection Where Trademark Might Fail

Château Mouton Rothschild exemplifies the trend of label “as” art, perhaps even to the point of rendering itself a unique example of label = art through the use of the most “celebrated artists of their day” on its wine labels.  Many companies traditionally understand that trademark law affords them an exceptional tool in protecting their […]

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 […]

You Should Be Paid For Your Self-Distribution Rights – and Texas Agrees!

In 2013, distributors lobbied and won a concession as part of a generally positive group of reforms supporting the craft brewing industry in Texas.  The provision they slipped into the 2013 amendments to Texas craft brewing laws prohibited brewers from getting value for their self-distribution rights.  The entirety of sales driven profits, the law said, […]