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Southeastern Craft Brewers Symposium 2018 – November 2

Next Friday, November 2nd, the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild is hosting the Southeastern Craft Brewers Startup Symposium. The event will take place 10-4 and feature talks regarding all aspects of starting a craft brewery. Registration is $55 for guild members and $110 for non-members.

The firm will have lawyers speaking on the following topics:

Taylor Harper:

  • 10 AM Georgia Regulation and Licensing,
  • 11 AM Federal Regulation and Licensing

Chase Scott

  • 1 PM Trademarks, Servicemarks, and IP Issues

David Lumsden:

  • 2 PM Options for Corporate Structure and Financing

Lisa Harper:

  • 3 PM Employment Law for Breweries

This event is also in partnership with the Master Brewers Association, which will be hosting the Southeast Technical Seminars on Nov. 3. Members can get tickets to both for $55/each, with non-members at $110/each.

To register follow this link

We hope to see you there! Cheers!




Breaking Down the Taproom-Focused Brewery Model

Source: Brewbound

Author: Kary Shumway

Oct. 25, 2018

This article discusses the pros and cons of a taproom-focused model for breweries. With last September’s changes in mind, a taproom focused model may be a move for small breweries in GA.

Check out the article here.

Georgia brings home 4 from GABF 2018

This past weekend at the Great American Beer Festival,  four different Georgia brewers were able to bring some hardware back home:

Orpheus Brewing – I Am Only Memories – Bronze – Belgian-Style Lambic or Sour Ale

Coastal Empire Brewing Co. – Coco Piña Gose – Silver – Field Beer

Printer’s Ale Manufacturing Co. – Red Devil – Bronze- Other Belgian-Style Ale

The Wrecking Bar Brewpub – Willet Barrel-Aged Ye Olde Sprinklerhead Barleywine – Silver – Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer

Shout out to these breweries and all the GA breweries who attended GABF, reminding the nation that this is a great state for beer.

Full results from GABF.


What’s Yours is Mine and What’s Mine is Ours — When Yeast, Intellectual Property, and Marketing Collide

Source: Good Beer Hunting

Author: Bryan Roth

August 1, 2018

Fascinating article by Bryan Roth that looks into a recent controversy out of Illinois, that involves yeast and the brewers who use it.

Read the article here.

Georgia Beverage Industry wonders if it can swallow aluminum tariffs

Tamar Hallerman and Michael E. Kanell wrote an interesting article about how Georgia’s beverage industry, with some emphasis on craft producers, is dealing with aluminum tariffs.

Read the Article Here

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

TailGate Beer Files Trademark Suit Against Boulevard

Source: Brewbound

By: Justin Kendall

Jun. 27, 2018

Nashville-based TailGate Beer is accusing Kansas City-headquartered Boulevard Brewing of trademark infringement, according to the Nashville Business Journal. The case was first noted on Twitter by Brendan Palfreyman, a partner with the Harris Beach law firm in New York and creator of the website Trademark Your Beer.

In the lawsuit, TailGate claims that Boulevard’s use of the image of a pickup truck on its 2015 rebranded Pale Ale labels violated its mark and could cause confusion among consumers. TailGate has filed for an injunction to block Boulevard’s use of the image and is also seeking damages and attorneys’ fees.

“In using the iconic truck with the tailgate lowered to represent its beer, it is clear that defendants seek to mislead consumers about the source of Boulevard Beer and in doing so, free ride off of plaintiff’s goodwill that has been developed for over a decade,” TailGate’s complaint reads.

However, Boulevard Brewing vice president of marketing Natalie Gershon told the Nashville Post that the image is a tribute to founder John McDonald, who delivered the first barrel of Pale Ale in his pickup truck nearly 29 years ago.

“It’s part of our story and a few years back we chose to commemorate that,” she told the Post. “We never intended to appropriate anyone else’s intellectual property.”

Of note, Boulevard began shipping its beer to Tennessee in May 2017.

From: Press Clips

Video: Takeaways from CBC 2018

Source: Brewbound

By: Chris Furnari

May 16, 2018

Video Here

During the 2018 Craft Brewers Conference (CBC), held earlier this month in Nashville, Tennessee, Brewers Association (BA) leaders dedicated a significant amount of time and energy to advocating for the increased adoption of its independent craft brewer seal.

“If you package your beer, please think long and hard about adding the seal to your packaging,” Bob Pease, the CEO of the BA, said during his first general session remarks. “We know that is not an easy ask, but it’s important.”

The badge, an upside down beer bottle featuring the words “independent craft,” was created to help BA-defined craft breweries – those that produce fewer than 6 million barrels of beer annually and are less than 25 percent owned by larger corporate alcohol entities – distinguish their brands from those owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, MillerCoors, and Constellation Brands, among others.

To stress the importance of adopting the seal, the BA plastered images of it throughout Music City Center, where the event was held and named the WiFi network “Independence Matters.” To get online, users had to use the password “SeaktheSeal.”

But was all that promotion effective?

While on the ground in Nashville, Brewbound canvassed the convention center and asked attendees for their takeaways from the general session presentations. A selection of those responses is included in this video