Getting Your Ducks in a Row

This past August, Sapporo bought Anchor Brewing. Anheuser-Busch InBev has bought Wicked Weed, Four Peaks, and many more breweries. If and when your turn comes, will you be ready? Here are a few things craft breweries can do to be prepared for an acquisition. Launder your Ledger. Get your capitalization table and equity ledger in…

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Getting “Tip”-sy: What Brewers Need To Know About Tip-Pooling Arrangements

Over the summer, news broke that Surly Brewing Co. was found liable by a Minnesota court for violations of the state’s tip-pooling law.  The brewery, which operates a large beer hall in Minneapolis, was accused by a former bartender of requiring staff to participate in an unlawful tip-pooling scheme.  Under Minnesota law, employees are allowed…

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New Brewery Bootcamp

new brewery bootcamp

On Monday, July 24, the Massachusetts Brewers Guild held its New Brewery Bootcamp at the new Springdale Barrel Room in Framingham. The well-attended event offered a series of presentations from experienced brewers and other professionals on topics ranging from “What I wish I had known” to accounting basics to wastewater treatment. Jen Garner, of Bowditch…

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Drawing (Or, More Accurately, Pouring) a Blank?

In a guidance issued on May 24, 2017, the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission announced a loosening of the Commonwealth’s stringent growler-filling requirements. Under this new guidance, farmer-brewers and pub-brewers may refill large glass growlers (i.e., growlers that the customer brings in) as long as the following three conditions are met:

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