Posts Tagged: Brewery

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 Company founder Dan Kleban. The Maine Beer Company has grown from a one-barrel operation in 2009 to a nationally recognized brewery now in the process of its second major expansion in four years. (more…)

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Brewers Association Marketing and Advertising Code Update: A beer by any other name doth taste as hoppy

Coming up with the recipe for your new brew is only half the battle, you also have to come up with a creative name and label. While we’ve discussed protecting your brand through trademarks in previous posts, brewers should also be aware of the revised Brewers Association Marketing and Advertising Code. In an article for Craft Brewing Business, attorney Jonathan Dunitz discusses recent amendments to the Code that aim to avoid the use of potentially offensive names and labels and advance the Association’s goal of increasing diversity in the craft beer industry. While the Code’s limitations on offensive content are new, the issue dates back much further with varying viewpoints on the issue. (more…)

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PODCAST: What’s Brewing in Real Estate Development – An Interview with Chris Thompson

In this episode of Verrill Voices: What’s Brewing in Real Estate Development, Spencer Thibodeau interviews Chris Thompson, one of the real estate developers involved in the Thompson’s Point development in Portland, Maine. Spencer and Chris discuss the history of the ongoing Thompson’s Point development project and what may lie ahead while enjoying a delicious glass of “The Substance Ale” at Bissell Brothers Taproom, one of the flagship tenants at Thompson’s Point. (more…)

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Managing Risk in the Craft Brewing Industry

In a presentation for The Risk Management Association Young Professionals Group, Austin Street Brewery Owner Will Fisher; GHM Insurance Agency’s James Sanborn; TD Bank Relationship Manager Shauna Miller; and Verrill Dana Attorney Tawny Alvarez, gathered at Austin Street Brewery on its 3rd Anniversary to provide an overview of the craft brewing industry. Some key takeaways for approaching risk management as a brewery owner are outlined below. (more…)

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Build, Protect & Grow Your Brand

With the craft beer industry continuing to gain momentum, it becomes increasingly more difficult to come up with creative and unique beer and brewery names, as well as to ensure your recipes, people and logos remain your own.

In an article for Craft Brewing Business, Verrill Dana attorney Kelly Donahue, cautions breweries to beware of beer names that reference famous trademarks. As nearly 5,400 trademark applications containing the term “beer” were filed with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office in 2016, up more than 23% from the previous year, brand owners are looking to protect their valuable trademarks. In the article, Kelly discusses oppositions involving breweries and famous trademarks, such as “Malterial Girl” and “Golden Ticket.”

In another article for the premier issue of CraftBrand & Marketing magazine, Verrill Dana attorney Tawny Alvarez takes the concept of protecting your brand a step further in that your people are a vital component to your brand. (more…)

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Canadian Company Pursues Moose Trademark: Trouble Brewing for Maine Beer Makers

As brewers and residents of Maine, whose state animal after all is a moose, this recent Bangor Daily News article about a large Canadian corporation chasing U.S. brewers with a trademark for “moose” is cause for concern. I know from my dealings with Maine brewers that potential disputes over product names are usually resolved peacefully and respectfully, but keep in mind that there are other, larger companies beyond our borders who don’t necessarily take the same approach.  (more…)

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Love That Dirty Water, Baby

“I’m gonna tell you a story/I’m gonna tell you about my town/I’m gonna tell you a big fat story, baby/Aw, it’s all about my town/Yeah, down by the river/Down by the banks of the river Charles/…Well, I love that dirty water/Oh, Boston, you’re my home/

The Standells, with those iconic lines, made their way into the vibrant fabric that is Boston, not to mention into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll”. On October 1, some intrepid Boston area brewers are hoping to own their own little slice of history, by claiming the title to “Brew the Charles”, a featured event at the HUBweek closing party. HUBweek describes itself as a “creative festival that celebrates innovation at the intersection of art, science and technology”. (https://hubweek.org/#about-hubweek) As part of this year’s HUBweek, a Newton, Massachusetts-based water technology company, Desalitech challenged area breweries to make a craft beer, using water from the Charles that had been run through its treatment and purification system. Boston Beer Company, Cape Ann Brewing Company, Castle Island Brewing Co., Harpoon Brewery, Idle Hands Craft Ales and Ipswich Ale Brewery all took the challenge, and each will be presenting their craft beer to a thirsty audience at the HUBweek closing event. Twenty percent of the funds raised will go to the local charity aimed at opening a swimming area on the Charles, the Charles River Conservancy’s “Swim the Charles” program. So, if you happen to be in Boston on October 1st, you can do good while feeling good, and it just doesn’t get any better than that.

Brewing is a serious business, and the members of the Verrill Dana Breweries, Distilleries & Wineries Group are here to help your business navigate the rules and regulations of craft brewing. For more information, or to request assistance, contact a member of the Verrill Dana team.

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On Tap For Yuengling, Clean Water Act Penalties

Wastewater disposal for large breweries, mid-sized establishments, and even small craft brewers, remains a significant environmental and economic challenge. Recently, the oldest brewery in America received an unpleasant reminder of this fact.

D.G. Yuengling and Sons, Inc. was issued a complaint from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) alleging that Yuengling violated its discharge permit standards at least 141 times between 2008 and 2015. Yuengling holds an Industrial User (IU) permit that allows it to discharge wastewater to the publically owned treatment works (POTW), but only after it treats its discharge to limits set in its permit. Treatment of wastewater before discharge is known as, “pretreatment.” For brewers like Yuengling, pretreatment largely involves balancing pH levels and minimizing Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) (a measure of how easy it is for microorganism at the POTW to breakdown organic materials) and Total Suspended Solids (TSS) (a measure of how much particulate material is in wastewater). High levels of BOD and TSS make it difficult for the microorganism at the POTW to do its job of breaking down organic matter and sludge. The remnants from the brewing process such as yeast, sugars, and proteins all elevate both BOD and TSS. (more…)

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Birds on Tap – Yup, That’s a Thing

Nothing goes better with a cold one than a bird. Think about it – fried chicken, wings – nothing takes down a case of beer munchies like . . .

(Hold on, I’m being told that this blog post is supposed to be about the growing popularity of combining bird watching with craft brewery tours.)

At any rate, our good friends at the Maine Brew Bus are again teaming up with Derek Lovitch of Freeport Wild Bird Supply to offer a series of tours throughout the year that will allow you dear reader, to check out some of the finest fowl our great state has to offer while simultaneously visiting some great local breweries.

Details about last year’s Birds on Tap events here. For this year’s tour dates, check out this and this.

No promises, but if you go to one of these events, I think we all know what you’ll be saying.

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Whiskey Distilled from Beer? Yes, Please!

Cool story in yesterday’s Portland Press Herald about collaboration between a couple of prominent locals: Liquid Riot has distilled some leftover Sebago Brewing beer (Bonfire Rye ale) to produce a whiskey-like liquor called Bonfire Spirit. Starting April 28th, Sebago will be selling it at its four brewpubs. One catch: there are just 200 12-ounce bottles so it will go fast.

The PPH story details the process in which Sebago and Liquid Riot ended up working together on the creation and also recaps some of the other cross pollination that goes on in the local scene between bars, brewers and distillers.

All and all, some nice publicity for Sebago and Liquid Riot and a good look at the history of southern Maine brewers working with their colleagues/competitors.

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