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Alcoholic Beverage

Miller Nash Graham & Dunn's Alcoholic Beverage industry attorneys specialize in handling general business, regulatory, and industry-specific legal requirements, ranging from liquor licensing to corporate governance and planning through operations and execution of transactions. We are knowledgeable in many facets of the alcoholic beverage industry, including distribution, importing/exporting, marketing, promotion, advertising, selling, packaging, trademarks, and patents.

Our attorneys advise breweries, cideries, distilleries, wineries, distributors, and related industry businesses on compliance with the myriad of federal and state regulations and laws.

Our clients include:

  • Breweries, wineries, cideries, distilleries, and meaderies. 
  • Retailers of wine, beer, and spirits
  • Restaurants
  • Distributors
  • Entrepreneurs in the beverage industry
  • E-commerce companies

We provide our alcoholic beverage clients with the following legal services:

  • Advice regarding distribution relationships (supplier/wholesaler relations, supplier direct sale/shipment to consumers, supplier direct distribution to retailers)
  • Branding, trademark, and label protection
  • General business issues (formation, financing, commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, purchases, and sales)
  • State and federal liquor licensing
  • Washington and Oregon business and regulatory compliance
  • Contract drafting and review
  • Federal Certificate of Label Approval (COLA) and FDA registration
  • Contract brewing, custom crush, and alternating proprietorship arrangements
  • Real estate acquisition, financing, sales, and leasing
  • Environmental and natural resource issues
  • Labor and employment matters
  • Advertising and promotions
  • Tax matters
  • Franchising
  • E-commerce (website and logistics compliance)
  • Succession planning
  • Dispute resolution (mediation, arbitration, litigation)
  • Import/export issues

We support the alcoholic beverage industry and are members of the following organizations:

  • Oregon Brewers Guild
  • Washington Brewers Guild
  • Brewers Association
  • Northwest Cider Association
  • Beverage Industry Networking Group (B.I.N.G.)
  • Craft Beverage Lawyers Guild
  • Washington Wine Institute