Beer and Alcohol Law

In addition to a rich history of wine-making, North Carolina has become one of the most vibrant craft beer producing states in the country and has had a recent surge in craft distilleries.  Burger Legal, PLLC is proud to assist small craft breweries and brewpubs, wineries, and distilleries with anything, in the legal sense, a they may require in North Carolina- from start to finish.  This service includes general counsel and representation in the following areas:

  • Crowdfunding:  If you’re using a crowdfunding platform to start your craft brewery, winery or distillery, such as Kickstarter, there may be some laws that you are unaware of.  Burger Legal can assist with the navigation of these laws as you form your brewery, winery or distillery with the financial assistance of crowdfunding.
  • Business Entity selection and formation:  As with other business types, Burger Legal can help you select the appropriate entity type for your brewery, winery or distillery and assist you with forming the entity and establishing all of the necessary supporting documentation.
  • Trademarks and Copyrights:  Burger Legal can help you to file and protect your brewery, winery or distillery and individual beer/wine/spirit trademarks and copyrights.  Burger Legal can also assist clients in other states regarding trademarks and copyrights, as these are matters of Federal Law.
  • Trade Secrets:  In the event you do not want to share your recipe for the perfect IPA (or merlot or gin) with the world (and you do not want your employees to be sharing it either), Burger Legal can help you create and implement an appropriate set up to protect your trade secrets.
  • Basic Employment Law matters:  Burger Legal can assist with hiring agreements, nondisclosure and confidentiality agreements and other employment-related agreements.
  • Lease Review and Negotiation:  Looking to lease some real property or equipment for your new brewery, brewpub, winery or distillery?  Burger Legal can help with the review, negotiation and drafting of leases.
  • Contract Review, Negotiation and Closings:  If you plan to buy real property and equipment for your new brewery, brewpub, winery or distillery, Burger Legal can help with that too, including the closing of the property.
  • Alcohol and Beverage Control (ABC) and Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB):  Burger Legal offers consultations regarding the filing of appropriate applications with the appropriate governmental bodies.

Burger Legal is happy to offer flat rate fees for all of the above services (and will provide a breakdown of fees up front, prior to commencing work).

 

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