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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

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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Dilly! Dilly! Is Giving Away Free Beer so Silly?

Every beer drinking football fan in Cleveland knows by now that there will be magic beer fridges stationed throughout Cleveland that will miraculously open to produce bottles of free Bud Light if the football gods see fit to allow the Browns to win a football game this year. At...
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Take That Down: Recent Lawsuit on Negative Reviews

“Beer: The cause and solution to all of life’s problems.” Mr. Homer J. Simpson would love the recent case of a Massachusetts craft beer company that has been trying in federal court to get the employment website Glassdoor to turn the taps off and take down negative reviews about...
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(PODCAST) Tap Tips for Entity Formation and Taxation

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

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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Opening Day Edition: Beer Advertising and Sports

Today (March 29) is baseball’s opening day and beer and baseball are in the news. The New York Yankees appear to be in trouble for their new “ Pinstripe Pilsner ” which has an image of your favorite Yankee player in the foam. But those of you wanting to...
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A Different Kind of Bud: Cannabis in the Alcoholic Beverage Industry

Last week, on March 22, 2018, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission issued an Advisory on cannabis in alcoholic beverages. Here is a copy of the Cannabis in Alcohol Advisory . While retail sales of cannabis are expected to be lawful under Massachusetts law (while still an...
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Are We Saying Goodbye to the Beer Babe?

The #MeToo movement has produced constant headlines and has helped positively change corporate culture. Is it possible for its breadth to include beer ads? Sexist beer ads have traditionally been the norm. Give a scantily clad gal a beer bottle, have her hold it to the camera, give a...
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Trump’s Tax Plan WILL Affect You – But How?

On December 22, 2017, in one of the fastest-moving pieces of legislation to come across a President’s desk, President Trump signed into law a bill generally known as the “ Tax Cuts and Jobs Act .” The Act will undoubtedly affect most individuals and businesses beginning with the 2018...
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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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It’s Only “Natural:” Avoiding the Risk of Consumer Lawsuits Over Food Labels

Americans are increasingly sensitive to the ingredients that go into the food that we eat. Recently, Congress passed a law requiring manufacturers to label or place QR codes on products containing or made from genetically modified organisms (“GMOs”). Now, consumer advocates have turned their attention to food products bearing...
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A Guy Walks Into a Bar...

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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Out of the (Maine Beer) Box: Standing Out in a Global Marketplace

After traveling to Iceland with more than a dozen of Maine's brewers to greet the Maine Beer Box at the Bjorfestival in Reykijavik, Verrill Dana Attorney Tawny Alvarez reflected on the importance of standing out in a global marketplace in an article for the Craft Brand & Marketing Magazine...
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B as in "Benefit": The "New Kid on the Block" of Corporate Governance

With an alphabet soup of corporate structures available to U.S. businesses (think C-corp, S-corp, LLC, LLP, etc.) you might guess that creating another would be the last thing on the minds of new business owners. However, the success of socially mindful entrepreneurs and companies that boast both profit and...
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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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PODCAST: What's Brewing in Real Estate Development: An Interview with Bob Gaudreau

In this episode of Verrill Voices: What’s Brewing in Real Estate, Spencer Thibodeau interviews Bob Gaudreau of Hardypond Construction , about one of the construction company’s recent, and unique, projects. The discussion takes place over a flight at Allagash Brewing Company and focuses on the renovation and repurposing of...
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78 Taps of Beer on the - Shipping Container?

On June 24, the people of Reykjavik, Iceland will get a taste of Maine in their hometown – 78 taps of beer to be exact. After years of planning and a great deal of collaboration between the Maine Brewers Guild and various brewers and industry partners throughout the state...
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Brewing Up a Small Business: Legal Issues Affecting Maine’s Craft Breweries

On June 8, Verrill Dana attorney, Tawny Alvarez, will participate in a panel discussion entitled, “Brewing Up a Small Business: Legal Issues Affecting Maine’s Craft Breweries,” hosted by the Cumberland Bar Association at Preti Flaherty in Portland, Maine. Joining Tawny are Perkins Thompson attorney Christopher Dargie and Maine Beer...
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