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At The Bar With Bowditch Blog

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Brewing in the Zone: A Zoning Primer for Brewers

USA - June 26 2017 Imagine finding the perfect site for your new brewery and tap room—it’s spacious, inexpensive, and conveniently located—only to be told by your…

Drawing (Or, More Accurately, Pouring) a Blank?

USA - May 25 2017 In a guidance issued on May 24, 2017, the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission announced a loosening of the Commonwealth’s stringent…

The Brewer’s Voluntary Disclosure Initiative: A Recipe for Costlier Craft Beer?

USA - May 2 2017 The Beer Institute, a trade association based in Washington, D.C. that represents brewers both big and small, as well as importers and suppliers to…

Trademarking Your Name Can Drive You To Drink: The Risks and Benefits of Naming a Beer After Yourself

USA - February 23 2017 You have worked hard, you are proud of your beer, and you want the market, if not the world, to know that it is your product. At the end of the…

Free Beer? Think Again: Liability Considerations for Brewers with “Free Beer” Policies for Employees

USA - January 27 2017 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…

Changes Brewing? Massachusetts Considers Revamping Nearly Century-old Alcohol Laws

USA - January 20 2017 Originally enacted in the aftermath of prohibition repeal, Massachusetts’ alcohol laws recently have come under fire for being out of sync with…

The Gift That Keeps On Giving: Beer Donations To Nonprofits

USA - January 18 2017 As of right now, Massachusetts nonprofits cannot accept donations of beer to be served at any fundraising event except through the distributor of that…

Last Call: Labatt Phases Out Retiree Perk of “Free Beer For Life”

Canada - December 22 2016 In a major blow to its retired workers, Labatt, one of Canada’s largest breweries, has recently announced the end of a decades-long practice of…

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

USA - December 8 2016 Recently, my colleague Roger Zimmerman provided a helpful primer on how to protect the intellectual property of a brewer’s operation through copyright…

Is Cider More Like Beer Or Champagne? Ask the Massachusetts Legislature.

USA - October 31 2016 There has been a marked increase in hard cider production in recent years that goes hand-in-hand with the explosion of the craft beer movement. The…