Category Archives: On-premises licenses

Lessons from the State Liquor Authority (SLA)

The new Liquor Authority administration has started strong. There are 5 lessons licensees, practitioners, and applicants should learn from the recent activity: Applications are more likely to be disapproved if incomplete or unclear on any issues. The goal to decrease … Continue reading

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Extensions of Premises

Extensions of Premises At establishments with an on-premises license, the sale and consumption of alcohol must be confined to the area that has been licensed by the Authority. The licensee needs to be aware of whether outside areas such as … Continue reading

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Food Availability for On-Premises Consumption

 I see a lot of craft beverage producers don’t have food in the tasting room but they sell by the glass to drink at the tasting room. Are you sure food is required? For on-premises consumption at any craft beverage … Continue reading

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How do I know if I should apply for a tavern or restaurant license?

How do I know if I should apply for a tavern or restaurant license? The same application is filed for both tavern and restaurant licenses. Selecting the wrong license type and code on page 1 of the retail application can … Continue reading

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One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to contracts

Many employers download “standard” employment agreements from internet resources to use in their employee on-boarding process.  In fact, some payroll service providers provide subscriptions to online forms collections as a value add to their payroll services. These agreements can lead … Continue reading

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Bottle trade dress

Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Head Vodka sued Elements Spirits for making a similar skull shaped tequila bottle with the KAH Day of the Dead Tequila brand.  The bottle design is a protected trade dress since it serves as an indicator of … Continue reading

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ABC’s of Celebrity Booze Endorsements

Endorsements from celebrities can boost sales of craft beverage products.  This success rate has prompted several celebrities to create their own booze brands.  Just to name a few: Justin Timberlake- Co-founded 901 Tequila. Dan Aykroyd – Crystal Head Vodka Dave … Continue reading

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Is a Private Label Arrangement the right move for you?

Private label arrangements can bring in new sales channels and revenue streams.  However, a craft beverage producer should carefully evaluate whether such an arrangement is the right move for its business. Private labelling affords you the opportunity to reach larger … Continue reading

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Craft Beverage Producers take note – Native American names are off limits

Craft beverage producers take a significant risk in using product names that reference Native American Indians and their culture.  Even when used with an honorary intention, this practice could lead them into hot water with claims of disparagement.  The very … Continue reading

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AT THE CROSSROADS OF TRADEMARK AND LIQUOR LAW

Trademarks for the alcoholic beverage industry can be significantly different than trademarks in other industries.  There is a litany of regulations affecting alcoholic beverage production, distribution, and product labeling.  As they say, one size does not fit all.  I love … Continue reading

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