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When May A Brewer Market Its Beer As “Craft Beer”?

When May A Brewer Market Its Beer As “Craft Beer”? The Brewer’s Association defines a “craft brewer” as being “small, independent, and traditional.” “Small” meaning with “annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less.” “Independent” meaning “less than 25% of the craft brewery is owned or controlled by an alcoholic beverage industry member […]

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Napa County, California: Land Use Regulations And The Debate Over Tourism Versus Agriculture

In an effort to alleviate concerns regarding the rate of Napa Valley’s expansion, officials in the region are considering whether to increase the minimum parcel size required for establishing new wineries. In a hearing held on April 27, 2015, Napa County’s Agricultural Protection Advisory Committee aimed to “address the balance between winery tourism and agriculture,” […]

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Business Structuring Options for New Brewers and Winemakers

Start up wineries and breweries have a few options allowing them to get a head start on their manufacturing operations with little investment. As opposed to beginning a conventional winemaking or brewing operation, which requires a business to lock down a winery or brewery premises, buy equipment, and incur other overhead costs prior to manufacturing, a […]