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…

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…

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:

Free Beer? Think Again: Liability Considerations for Brewers with “Free Beer” Policies for Employees

One of our blog posts last month — Last Call: Labatt Phases Out Retiree Perk of “Free Beer For Life” — discussed the fallout from Labatt’s recently announced decision to phase out its longtime practice of providing “free beer for life” for the brewer’s retirees. That post highlighted the obvious upside for craft brewers who offer…