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Craft Beverage

    Craft Beverage

    Smart Legal.

    Breweries are one of the most significant economic drivers in Asheville and Western North Carolina, and when proposed legislation passes, a boom of distilleries should follow. The Craft Beverage Team at McGuire, Wood & Bissette, with our extensive regulatory, zoning and real estate, economic development, intellectual property, employment, corporate and tax experience, plays an integral role in serving the legal needs of this industry.

    Our Craft Beverage Team has experience in:

    • Business planning and Craft Beer Lawyerformation
    • Economic incentives and site selection and procurement
    • Lease negotiations
    • Zoning and federal, state and local alcohol permits
    • Trademark clearance and registration
    • Financing
    • Equipment
    • Employment matters
    • Tax reporting, labeling, advertising and operations compliance
    • Distribution and Franchise Agreements
    • Planning for expansion

    In addition to representing many breweries, cideries, distilleries and other craft beverage manufacturers throughout North Carolina, we serve as legal counsel for the Asheville Brewers Alliance (ABA) and as faculty for the Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast.

    Representative Craft Beverage Legal Services

    • Business Planning and Formation, including Partnership Negotiations
    • Real Estate Development, including Local Zoning and Land Use
    • Economic Development
    • Employee Handbook and Polices Preparation
    • Employee Confidentiality Agreement Preparation, Particularly Related to Recipes and Processes
    • Training for Supervisors on Employee-Related Matters
    • Advice Regarding Proper Pay Practices, Particularly for Tipped Employees
    • Representation in DOL Audits and Federal and State Court Claims Made by Employees
    • Trademark and Trade Secret Protection and Management
    • Permitting and Regulatory Compliance with ABC Commission and Health Department
    • Packaging and Selling including Labeling Compliance
    • Warehouse and Distribution Agreements