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Marketing Beer through Farmers’ Markets

  Crowds of people regularly flock to farmers markets seeking new brands, new tastes, and an intimate experience with local treats.  For much of California, and especially the San Diego area, farmers’ markets can operate year-round as a great tool … Continue reading

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SB 384:  The Legislation to Extend Hours of Operation

  California is on the verge of changing legislation which has been on its books since the end of Prohibition.  Since that time, California alcohol businesses have been banned from operating between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., … Continue reading

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What are the limitations on Happy Hours?

    Happy hours offer a great deal of versatility for a business to attract new customers and set itself apart from the competition.  As with most marketing in this industry, however, there is a series of rules and regulations … Continue reading

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Brewery & Distillery Law Powerpoint

These slides are from a Powerpoint presentation I gave on two topics (regulations and contracts) at an NBI conference on brewery and distillery law.  Without the oral presentation, these slides are useful more for the purpose of spotting issues.  If … Continue reading

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How to Truly Own a Signature Drink – beverage recipe trademarks and patents

Trademark and patent laws can help the inventor of a signature drink control its fate, use the drink to promote their business, or perhaps even allow the inventor to earn some profit from his or her creation. At first blush, … Continue reading

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How old must a server / clerk be to serve / sell alcoholic beverages?

  The minimum age required to serve alcohol depends upon what type of establishment they are serving in.  If the server is serving in a space which is primarily for serving food, then anyone 18 and up can serve alcohol … Continue reading

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Who protests applications for alcoholic beverage licenses?

Applications for alcoholic beverage manufacturing or sale local permits and state licenses generally require public notice, which in turn, often results in the application being protested.  All types of licenses can generate protests.  I’ve had protests on convenience stores, restaurants, … Continue reading

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Duplicate Licenses for Breweries

Prior to Sept. 29, 2014, California breweries had the ability to open “branch” locations on an expedited basis.  These branch locations could sell the brewery’s beer to the public but could not make beer.  A brewery with a type 1 … Continue reading

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Free Wine or Beer at Your Barber Shop or Beauty Salon?

California Assembly Bill 1322 would allow one complimentary 12 oz. beer or 6 oz. wine to be provided customers of beauty salons, barber shops, and similar businesses (e.g., nail salons, day spas, etc).

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Found the perfect place for your business? How to check if zoning, ABC, or neighbors will mess you up!

Many people wanting to open a new business think they have found a perfect location only to find out that their proposed use is prohibited or subject to a difficult permitting process.  While that may seem conceptually obvious to most … Continue reading

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