Category Archives: Wineries

Is Your Craft Beverage Production Facility In Compliance With the Clean Water Act?

D.G. Yuengling and Son Inc. settled with the EPA relating to 141 alleged Clean Water Act (CWA) violations where it will pay $2.8 million in fines. The Pennsylvania brewery will pay $2.8 million penalty, plus approximately $7 million in promised … Continue reading

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Sensory Tasting-Learning in a glass

Producing craft beverages is an art. Brew masters, cider masters, wine makers and distillers can modify the production process conditions and add ingredients to produce unique flavor profiles. Like a chef, they experiment to create that perfect recipe and taste … Continue reading

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Element Winery: Some Of The Best Balanced Wines Out There

I am not a Sommelier, but I recognized a balanced wine. Not too sweet. Not at all tannic. Just smooth from the first taste to the finish. This is the entire portfolio: Cabernet Franc, Table Red, Pinot Noir, Lemberger and … Continue reading

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Element Winery Does It Again- A Best Kept Secret

Bob Bates brought me the best birthday present ever- another bottle of that amazing Lemberger from Element Winery. It doesn’t end there. He brought its friends and family- Riesling, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Red Table wine. He suggested … Continue reading

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Aluminum Bottles Can Be a Great Asset for Brand Differentiation, Trade Dress and Bottom Line Cost Savings

Glass bottles are the legacy of the alcoholic beverage industry but they have well known drawbacks: Heavy Fragile Space inefficient Lower recycle rates, especially for colored glass Higher transportation costs Making a splash in the product packaging world is the … 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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