Dedicated Florida Beverage Law Attorneys Ready To Assist You
The number of Florida wineries, breweries, distilleries, importers, wholesalers, and establishments serving alcoholic beverages such as restaurants, bars, hotels, and other businesses are increasing every year.
The number one requirement of all of these establishments is understanding and complying with state and federal laws regulating the alcoholic beverage industry.
This includes regulation by the federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ATB), and other regulating agencies.
At BrewerLong, our Florida beverage law attorneys have experience advising clients on a number of legal matters pertaining to alcoholic beverages, including the licensing, regulatory compliance, production and distribution, and trade practices throughout Florida and are prepared to provide top-quality legal representation for your legal needs.
Maw’s Mountain MoonshineOperational Regulatory Constraints
When our client, Maw’s Mountain Moonshine, initially approached us to establish a distillery and produce moonshine using their cherished family recipe, they faced a daunting regulatory landscape. At the time, the laws governing distilleries were restrictive, imposing severe limits on production quantities and bottling allowances. Moreover, the high excise taxes made it financially arduous to operate within these constraints.
However, things changed in 2021, bringing hope for our client and others in the distillery business. The introduction of the Craft Distillery Law was a game-changer. This groundbreaking legislation granted distilleries of a certain size many newfound freedoms. Now, distilleries could not only produce their spirits but also serve craft cocktails, participate in farmer’s markets, and offer tastings, among other allowances. This law liberated distilleries from distributor dependence, ushering in a new era of operational autonomy.
With this seismic shift in the regulatory landscape, our client returned to us with renewed enthusiasm, ready to make her distillery dream a reality. Her choice of location, a historic wooden art building nestled in the heart of Mt. Dora, posed an additional layer of complexity. The building, though charming and steeped in history, was situated in an area where local laws did not address the manufacturing of alcohol.
Using a deep understanding of the region, a keen grasp of the evolving legal framework, and ongoing dialogues with local government authorities, our team helped to make it possible. Through strategic maneuvering within the existing legal framework, we navigated the intricacies of the regulatory landscape, ultimately securing our client’s place in her chosen building without the encumbrance of conditional use permits. All of this was achieved at decent cost, ensuring a swift and cost-effective transition.
In the end, our collaboration allowed our client to be a trailblazer, pioneering a new era of distillery operations in an area. By leveraging the opportunities presented by the new laws and our intimate knowledge of the region, we helped our client realize her vision and open the doors to a thriving distillery in a historic setting.
Alcoholic beverage licensing is required of all businesses and establishments dealing with these types of beverages. Our firm provides quality legal advice on what type of licensing best fits your needs and assists in the acquisition of those licenses at the state and federal levels.
Alcoholic beverage licensing can be a lengthy and complex matter, and the Florida beverage law lawyers at BrewerLong help our licensing clients in a number of ways. This includes obtaining the necessary state alcohol beverage licenses from the ATB, federal permits and licenses from the TTB, and filing all of the necessary tax documentation for a business that deals in alcoholic beverages.
For companies that already have existing licenses for this type of beverage, our office can assist in the updating of existing licenses and preparation of legal documents for a change in ownership or proprietorship.
Our office also can
- review label approvals;
- prepare use-up letters;
- aid in state and federal record-keeping requirements;
- assist in laboratory approvals at the state and federal levels; and
- draft pre-import and export letters for alcoholic beverages.
Talk to our office today to learn more about our beverage licensing services.
Alcohol Beverage Regulatory Laws
Our skilled beverage law attorneys have an in-depth knowledge of state and federal regulations for alcoholic beverages. With years of experience representing clients with alcoholic beverages, our office is particularly qualified to help navigate the complex maze of local, state, and federal regulations and ensure compliance with the law.
Our wide scope of legal services for alcohol regulations include:
- Preparation of how-to advice on basic regulations.
- Explanation of more complex rules around the sale, distribution, and marketing of alcoholic beverages.
- Advice on alcoholic beverage labeling.
- Explanation of franchise laws.
- Compliance with import and export regulations.
- Advice on third-party marketing.
- Preparation of how-to advice on direct-to-consumer shipping.
Recently Featured in Orlando Sentinel
In the article, “Growing Florida distilleries say “cheers’ to serving cocktails under new law,” Kara Ann Groves the lawyer who represented Maw’s, was quoted saying “It was just a much needed modernization of the law. A lot of the alcoholic beverage industry is in the Prohibition era still.” Now that the Florida laws have changed the BrewerLong firm has seen more breweries and farms work towards getting into distilling.
Beverage Production and Distribution Agreements
Production and distribution agreements for alcoholic beverages can be particularly complex and detailed contracts. Our office drafts, negotiates, reviews, and finalizes beverage production and distribution deals on behalf of our clients.
The agreements prepared by the beverage attorneys at BrewerLong are cognizant of the latest changes in regulatory compliance and trends in the industry to place your company at a competitive advantage and protect your best interests in the deal.
Our production and distribution agreements include contracts on alternating proprietor agreements, custom crush agreements, grape purchasing deals, distribution contracts, transitional services agreements, and third-party marketing agreements. Call our office to learn more about how our legal services in production and distribution contracts can help your business succeed.
Alcohol Beverage Trade Practices
In addition to contract drafting and regulatory compliance, the skilled beverage law attorneys at BrewerLong also advise clients on best trade practices and other business counseling. Our attorneys give advice on the marketing, promotion, and sale of alcoholic beverages that is in line with state and federal laws.
We help counsel clients on
- celebrity endorsements,
- signage, and
- consumer advertising novelties that can grow and expand your business.
Our office also counsels on best practices for the creation and design of promotional events, marketing strategies, and membership clubs that are in line with all applicable regulations and laws.
The attorneys at BrewerLong want to see your business succeed and have the skill and knowledge that will allow your company to perform at its highest level without violating state or federal trade practices.
Contact Our Florida Beverage Law Attorney Today
Do not take a risk with your business and talk to a legal professional about the alcohol beverage laws that might affect you. Call the office or contact us online to speak with a Florida beverage law lawyer at BrewerLong.
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- Technology Laws,
- Agribusiness Laws, and
- Labor Law For Employers.
Schedule an appointment with one of our leading beverage law attorneys to discuss your legal issues and how our law firm can help.