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The attorneys of Verrill are here to help your business navigate the complex world of beverage law. This blog keeps you informed of the latest news and legal updates in the beverage industry so you and your company can focus on doing what it does best, making great products.

9:00PM “Curfew” Announced for Some Maine Businesses During Thanksgiving Week

Starting tomorrow, Friday, November 19, certain Maine businesses will be required to close their doors at 9:00PM each day, through Sunday, December 6. With increasing numbers of positive COVID-19 cases and holiday gatherings expected throughout the state, the Mills Administration announces this and other public and safety measures in...
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When the Weather Outside Gets Frightful: Moving Indoors in COVID-19

As the sun fades on another Maine summer and autumn rushes by, the appeal of outdoor seating at tasting rooms, bars, and restaurants starts to fade like our fall colors. Yes, there are space heaters and those fancy tables with fire pits in the middle of them, but all...
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What You Need to Know Before Opening Your Outdoor Tasting Room

As part of Maine’s phased reopening of its economy, breweries, distilleries, and wineries without restaurant licenses were deemed bars. As a result, in guidance issued by Maine’s Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations (BABLO) on May 14, 2020, breweries were prohibited from opening their tasting room until July...
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Hand Sanitizer Relief for Distilled Spirits Extension

On May 18, 2020, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau issued Public Guidance TTB G 2020-4 regarding the Tax-Free Withdrawal of Distilled Spirits and Products Containing Distilled Spirits for Hand Sanitizer Purposes under the CARES Act and TTB Guidance . Through this Guidance, the TTB addressed tax...
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BABLO Issues Guidance on Reopening

On May 14, 2020, the Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations (BABLO) issued a memorandum providing guidance for which licensees will be considered a “restaurant” and which will be considered a “bar” under the Stay Safer at Home Executive Order. We highly recommend reading the entire memorandum to...
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Distilled Spirits Permittees: What You Need to Know About Producing Hand Sanitizer

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it a great deal of uncertainty for businesses and people around the world. Many have been scrambling to find supplies, from toilet paper to hand sanitizer, and additional retail locations are temporarily closing their doors each day. Recognizing that hand sanitizer is crucial...
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Join Us at The 2019 New England Craft Brew Summit

Join us this Friday, March 1, at the 2019 New England Craft Brew Summit at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland, Maine. The premier regional, craft beer industry business-to-business conference will be jam-packed with seminars on a variety of topics geared towards business operations, technical brewing and...
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Government Shutdown Impacts Breweries

Planning to brew something that needs a formula approval or a COLA approval? Have a new facility in the works? If so, you might want to reconfigure your schedule because the government shutdown has caused the TTB to suspend many of its functions . While you can still access...
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The TTB is Watching – Beverage Community Asked to Self-Report Violations

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As the TTB enters a more user-friendly phase with its updated online registration portal, it is important to remember that it remains an enforcement arm of the federal government for the beverage alcohol community. In a somewhat ominous circular, the TTB requested that "each industry member review its promotional...
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(PODCAST) Tap Tips for Entity Formation and Taxation

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In this episode of Verrill Voices: Lawyers on Tap, Verrill Dana attorneys Jennifer Green and Jonathan Dunitz discuss the importance of entity formation to the overall success of a brewery business, and the differences between forming an entity using widely available online resources versus doing so with the assistance...
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Lawyers on Tap in Nashville

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Next week, on April 30, thousands from the craft brewing community will take over America's Music City for the Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America , presented by the Brewers Association. Joining them at this year's conference are Verrill Dana Lawyers on Tap, Tawny Alvarez and Jonathan Dunitz...
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America’s Craft Beer Community Springs into Nashville

This spring, the craft brewing community will take over America's Music City for the Craft Brewers Conference and BrewExpo America® , presented by the Brewers Association, from April 30 to May 3. Joining them at this year's conference is Verrill Dana's own Jonathan Dunitz who will co-present, "From 1...
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A Guy Walks Into a Bar...

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In an article for Craft Brewing Business , Lawyers on Tap attorney Jonathan Dunitz discusses how an improperly cleaned tap line can lead to not only serious lifelong health problems for the beer drinker, but also a significant verdict against the establishment who served the beer and its vendor...
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Lawyers on Tap: Risk Management Podcast Series

In a special three-part miniseries for the Verrill Voices podcast, attorney Jonathan Dunitz discusses risk management for breweries and brewpubs with a successful brewery owner, a leading insurance agent in the craft beverage industry, and an experienced corporate attorney. The podcast series takes owners of new and growing breweries...
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Social Media is an (age) gated community

Few brewers would dream of serving someone in their brewery or tasting room without checking an ID to ensure that all the craft beer lovers in the room are of legal drinking age. When it comes to their virtual breweries and tasting rooms, however, there appears to be a...
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Tips on Tap for Breweries on the Journey from Passion to Profit

As the number of craft breweries across the country continues to grow, Verrill Dana's Breweries, Distilleries & Wineries Group presents Tap Tips Podcast Miniseries to help brewers on the journey from passion to profit. The miniseries contains eight episodes to assist up-and-coming brewmasters and brewery owners to think critically...
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Labels – It’s Not just the TTB that’s watching

As purveyors of beverages containing alcohol, most craft brewers, distillers and wineries are aware of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax And Trade Bureau ("TTB") rules for labels, and the sometimes onerous task involved in getting those labels approved. To avoid extra expenses and delays, those who are not aware...
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Join Us at Brew Talks New England 2016

Verrill Dana's Breweries, Wineries & Distilleries Group is excited to sponsor this year's Brew Talks New England , part of Brewbound's traveling series of meetup events for professionals in the brewing industry, on October 24 at Jack's Abby in Framingham, Massachusetts. The program will offer both educational and networking...
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Firm Highlights

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Does a property insurance policy still provide coverage if a business does not reopen after the COVID-19 Stay At Home Orders are lifted?

Most property insurance policies in today’s market include a provision that causes coverage to lapse if the property is vacant (as defined by the policy) for a period in excess of 30 days. Fortunately...

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Nearly 80 Verrill Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers® 2021, Including a Dozen Named Lawyers of the Year

(August 24, 2020) – Nearly 80 Verrill attorneys were recognized as "Best Lawyers" by Best Lawyers® 2021 , including 12 attorneys named “Lawyer of the Year,” a distinguished recognition for only a single lawyer...

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Taxation and Constitutional Law: Amicus Brief to U.S. Supreme Court regarding Sales Taxation by States

Verrill represented the National Auctioneers Association as amicus curiae in the U.S. Supreme Court case South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc . The case presented the issue of whether states could require out-of-state sellers to...

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When the Weather Outside Gets Frightful: Moving Indoors in COVID-19

As the sun fades on another Maine summer and autumn rushes by, the appeal of outdoor seating at tasting rooms, bars, and restaurants starts to fade like our fall colors. Yes, there are space...

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Juggling the Costs of Reopening and Litigation: Try Mediation

State governments are creating paths to restart their economies. Businesses desperately want to start generating income and put the COVID-19 crisis behind them. Companies and their management are closely studying the guidelines issued by...

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Real Estate and Mortgage Law: Sufficiency of Mortgagee’s Notice of Right to Cure to Borrower

Verrill filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Maine Association of Mortgage Professionals in a case involving an issue of first impression under Maine law regarding the sufficiency of a statutory notice of...

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Bars and Tasting Rooms in Maine Remain Closed Until Further Notice as Number of COVID-19 Cases Increase

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Elections and Constitutional Law: Constitutionality of Ranked Choice Voting

Verrill Dana represented the League of Women Voters in two proceedings before the Maine Supreme Court relating to the constitutionality of Maine’s voter-approved ranked choice voting law. The first proceeding, Opinion of the Justices...

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9:00PM “Curfew” Announced for Some Maine Businesses During Thanksgiving Week

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Zoom ADR: Best Practices for Virtually Every Virtual ADR Event

As the post-COVID-19 “new normal” comes into focus, it is unlikely that civil jury trials will happen in many jurisdictions until at least the spring of 2021. For family law matters, cases involving children...

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