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:

The Secret Sauce: Protecting Brewing Recipes and Processes – The Role of Employee Agreements

Recently, my colleague Roger Zimmerman provided a helpful primer on how to protect the intellectual property of a brewer’s operation through copyright and trademarks. There is, however, another area that brewers must consider when protecting their business: their workforce. As a brewer’s business expands, and more and more employees are hired, the brewer-as-employer must grapple…

“Miller Time” for Anheuser-Busch Inbev? Sort of.

The United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) has given its consent to the proposed merger of Anheuser-Busch InBev (“ABI”) and SABMiller. The DOJ challenged the approximately $100 billion merger on antitrust grounds, and on July 20, 2016 the DOJ announced that it had reached an agreement with ABI to permit the merger to move forward.

New Hampshire Legislator: 18 is Enough

Representative Max Abramson of Seabrook, New Hampshire recently introduced a bill that would lower the state’s drinking age from 21 to 18. Under the proposed bill, individuals under 21 still would not be permitted to drink hard liquor, but they would be able to purchase and order beer and wine so long as they are accompanied…

Free and Easy? Not Quite.

Imagine the following scenario: someone approaches a brewer and offers their services for free, either because they genuinely enjoy the work and culture of craft brewing (and thus will volunteer their time) or because they are trying to learn the ropes in the industry (and thus will work as an unpaid “intern”). That sounds great,…