Brewery and Distillery Law
Jeffrey C. O'Brien

Brewery and Distillery Law


Beer.  It’s a part of the fabric of America.  It’s also one of the most regulated products in existence.  My firm has carved out a niche in representing food, beverage and leisure businesses, including over two dozen breweries and brewpubs, and as the "brewery lawyer" I keep a close eye on the laws that affect my clients.  From time to time, I’ll write about, or be quoted in articles, regarding the legal issues involved with the beer industry; click any of the links below to read these articles:

Minnesota Beercast, April 22, 2016

2016 Legislative Preview, Cask Ale, Legalities of Beer Distribution, Minnesota Beercast, March 11, 2016

"The Year in Beer", Up and At 'Em Morning Show, December 30, 2015

Minnesota Beercast, December 21, 2015

Minnesota Beercast Live from the Minnesota State Fair, September 4, 2015

Naming Breweries, Beers Becoming Challenge, St. Cloud Times, August 29, 2015

A Snapshot of the 2015 Minnesota Omnibus Liquor Bill: Five Important Changes, and the One That Got Away, May 2015

Review of 2015 Craft Brewers Conference, Minnesota Beercast, May 1, 2015

My Thoughts on the State of Sunday Sales in Minnesota, May 1, 2015

Crowdfunding, Sunday Sales and More, Minnesota Beercast, March 27, 2015

Beer Names and Trademark Law, Minnesota Beercast, January 23, 2015

Brewing Up Disputes:  Beer Names and Trademarks, January 22, 2015

Contract Brewing and Beer Franchise Laws, Minnesota Beercast, December 12, 2014

Urban Growler Uses ‘Founding Members’ Perks to Attract Investors — and Ambassadors, Minnesota Business, November 2014

Brew Crew Changing the Face of Beer Drinking in Wright County, North Wright County Today, September 4, 2014

Show Me the Money: Crowdfunding Your Brewery, The Growler, July 25, 2014

Worker Classifcation Issues for Breweries 101, June 2014

Gap Financing for Breweries (Special Guest Post by Annie Deckert, Decklan Group), June 18, 2014

The Beer Show (with Bartley Blume, Bent Brewstillery), June 7, 2014

No Sunday Growler Sales, But...: A Look at New Minnesota Liquor Laws, June 6, 2014

ICYMI: Minnesota Craft Beer and the Law, Saturdays With Siri, May 3, 2014

Teamsters vs. Beer: the Push for Sunday Taproom and Growler Sales in Minnesota and What it Says About Minnesota’s Outdated and Nonsensical Liquor Laws, April 29, 2014

Tapping Into a Growing Client Base, Minnesota Lawyer, April 7, 2014

Starting a Brewery [AUDIO], The Business Forum Show, January 15, 2014

The SEC’s New General Solicitation Rule: Will it Really Help Breweries Raise Funds Faster?, St. Michael-Albertville Patch, September 10, 2013

Growler Law, Excise Taxes on Beer, and Sunday Sales [AUDIO], WCCO News & Views, April 28, 2013

Save the Growler!, February 24, 2013

So You Want to Start Your Own Brewery?, The Growler, December 18, 2012

City of Minneapolis to Microbreweries: We’re Open For Business

Prohibition’s Progeny: Understanding Minnesota’s Three-Tiered Alcohol Distribution System

Surly Law Moves to the Cities

The Basics of Minnesota’s Brewer Taproom License

How Beer Ended Minnesota’s Government Shutdown

Surly Restaurant Plans May Take Years to Brew (Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal)

Minnesota and Beer:  Past and Present

The Latest on the Surly Bill

Surly Legislation Picks Up Steam and the MLBA is Steamed About It

 Could Law Changes Lead to a Brewery Boom in Minnesota?



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