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Craft Breweries Deserve Passionate Representation

As the craft brewing industry continues its rapid growth here in the tri-state, its legal concerns will develop along with it. The legal community needs to step up to address the unique needs of this industry. Why not hire a friend? Like a customer who has likely frequented your establishment to share a pint or two. A customer who also happens to be a seasoned business attorney. Why not hire Jim Ludwig?

Attorney Jim Ludwig assists clients of Minnillo & Jenkins Co., LPA, with their brewing and distillery law needs. He is passionate about assisting breweries in Ohio and Kentucky with their legal concerns.

Keeping You Updated On Essential Regulations

Not surprisingly, the beer and spirits industry is heavily regulated. It’s important to keep your company on the right side of the TTB. If not, you or your company could be subject to a fine of $1,000 or up to one year in prison for each offense. Using his background in dealing with other major federal agencies such as the DOL, EEOC and OSHA, Jim looks forward to helping your company maintain compliance with the litany of TTB record keeping and compliance requirements, including but not limited to the following:

  • Maintaining accurate records, including but not limited to those related to consumption, bottling, testing and production
  • Calculating the total consumption for purposes of generating an accurate excise return
  • Updating registrations and licenses at the appropriate time or upon the happening of specific events

Your compliance is an essential way to limit your potential legal concerns in the future, and our firm would be happy to help you protect your brewery.

Employment Law In The Brewery Industry

The sale and manufacture of alcohol create a unique set of issues for the beer and spirits industry. It’s important to maintain coherent policies to address these issues. Using his background in handling numerous employment issues for a 1500 employee company, Jim looks forward to helping your company handle employment issues that include:

  • Creating and maintaining an employee handbook specific to your establishment
  • Generating consistent, responsible policies regarding consumption at work
  • Utilizing tip credits to maintain compliance with minimum wage obligations
  • Protecting your recipes, processes and trade secrets through the use of confidentiality
  • Agreements, nondisclosure agreements and noncompete agreements

Many legal conflicts can be avoided with careful legal counsel and planning.

Protecting Your Brand

As more and more brands flood the marketplace, it is more important than ever to take the necessary steps to protect distinct characteristics that define your brand and adorn your cans, bottles and tap handles. Consider setting up a consultation with Jim to select a legally enforceable brand and register your brand for trademark protection with the U.S. Trademark Office. Once your mark is established, Jim will help police that trademark from any improper use by others.

Maintaining Your Distribution

These agreements can be a trap for the unwary manufacturer or supplier. Let Jim use his years of contract experience to help create and negotiate the fairest possible agreement for your needs. The following is a small sampling of the expectations/standards that Jim will help define within these agreements:

  • Annual business plans
  • Reasonable inventory requirements
  • Brand rotation/code date compliance
  • Product storage/transportation
  • Depletion reports/site inspection
  • Drive along
  • Training requirements
  • Brand manager standards
  • Craft experience
  • Good cause termination process

Together, we can help ensure that your brewery maintains the distribution it needs to succeed.

Contact Us Today

Tell us more about your case online or call us to arrange a consultation. Jim looks forward to handling any of your regulatory, employment, branding, and contract needs … and sharing a pint or two as well!

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