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…

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…