About the Craft Breweries Practice

Bowditch & Dewey, LLP presents a full suite of legal services to craft breweries, ciders and industry distributors.


  • Corporate, including compliance and start-ups
  • ABCC representation
  • Employment, including counseling and advice, employee benefits and executive compensation, and defense of all employment related claims
  • Real estate, including leasing, permitting, acquisitions and dispositions
  • Environmental, including wastewater management
  • IP, including licensing and trademark
  • Litigation
  • Trusts & Estates
  • Business succession planning and stockholder agreements
  • Tax
  • Insurance liability

Representative Experience

  • Successfully defended a craft brewer and employee in a non-compete suit brought by a large-scale producer
  • Successfully defended a craft brewer in licensing proceedings before the ABCC
  • Assisted brewery owner in raising capital from a private investor (and provided tax advice), enabling the company to construct and relocate to a new brewing facility
  • Represented the majority owner in the buyout of his partner
  • Negotiated commercial leases for craft brewers for new facilities to allow for expanded operations
  • Prepared shareholder agreement, founders’ non-compete agreements and other corporate documents for start-up brewery
  • Participated on the Lay Advisory Board of Saint Joseph’s Abbey during brewery start-up and production of Spencer Trappist Ale, America’s first Trappist ale
  • Represented a brew pub that made its own beer for sale in the restaurant with financing and general corporate issues
  • Represented several lenders in financing deals with distributors of craft beers
  • Served as bond and agency counsel in connection with the issuance of a $2 million tax-exempt bond on behalf of a brewer and distribution company; the bonds were used to finance the construct a new 35,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Ipswich
  • Represented a sales executive with regard to her employment agreement


Bowditch & Dewey’s offices are conveniently located in Boston, Framingham and Worcester.

Boston Office
One International Place Boston, MA  02110-2602
t (617) 757-6500

Framingham Office
200 Crossing Boulevard Suite 300 Framingham, MA 01702
t (508) 879-5700

Worcester Office
311 Main Street P.O. Box 15156 Worcester, MA 01615-0156
t (508) 791-3511