The Anatomy of Beer Law

The Anatomy of Beer Law

Author: Beer Law HQ Staff

published Published: May 25, 2023

read time Read time: 3 mins

The world of beer law is virtually unknown to some and a complete puzzle to others. However, savvy beer law experts are a lifesaver for brewers who need legal support. So what does beer law include? Let's take a closer look at the anatomy of beer law.


In the world of beer law, trademarks are a vital organ. If not protected and done correctly, a slew of issues arise. Therefore, proper research and registration of your intellectual property with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), handling the sticky situation of an infringement dispute, and the consistent due diligence required to protect your trademark are all areas where you will need expert care and direction. For more in-depth information on brewery trademarks, read "After Basic Business Decisions: Laws, Regulations, and Permits."


We discussed the top risks breweries face in our blog, "Making Your Craft Brewery Safe for Your Trusted Employees," about Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance. In the anatomy of beer law, OSHA compliance is like the body's fight-or-flight response that constantly scans our surroundings for danger and helps us respond quickly and efficiently when trouble arises. An OSHA inspection is highly probable, so having your Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and safety procedures dialed in is a necessity. In addition, having an efficient and comprehensive safety management plan helps you respond to a possible health emergency in the best way possible. A knowledgeable legal partner can help you create your safety management plan and resolve any violations or issues that may have already occurred.

       TTB Compliance

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) will be an ongoing presence in the life of your brewery. In this way, TTB compliance is like your skeletal system, essentially holding up your business from the inside out, giving it structure and form. Matters involving the TTB can be complex yet imperative, including but not limited to filing your Brewer's Notice, filing and paying your Brewer's Bond, and knowing your tax determination and tax exemptions, if eligible. In addition, having a healthy working relationship with the TTB allows the rest of your business to function as it should. More information on the TTB is in our blog, "TTB - The Federal Gatekeepers of Craft Breweries."

       Future Strategies

Regardless of how much you love making fantastic beer, you may not want to do it forever. Alternatively, you may love it so much that you want to have another brewery and acquire a competitor. Either way, the legalities of an acquisition or merger are like medical directives. When the time comes, how will the valuation of your business look? Have you considered your intellectual property? Whether you are selling or buying, you want to know you are getting the best deal for your investment and that your interests are protected.

The particulars of each brewery's legal needs will vary because each business is unique, similar to how each person is unique. Your brewery may have considerations that others do not, just like some people have health concerns that others do not. Regardless, your business's legal interests are equal to its overall health. Therefore, they deserve your time, attention, and commitment to be the best. Are you feeling like the health of your brewery needs some expert guidance? Beer Law HQ is here to help. Contact us today for a free consultation, and see how we can help your brewery thrive.

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