Craft brewing has seen astounding growth over the last decade. For many, craft brewing started out as a hobby with home-brewing equipment, a basic understanding of chemistry, and a desire to impress their friends (or for a well-stocked refrigerator). Now, some homebrewers are turning their hobby into a career. As consumers, we welcome the explosion of artisan and craft products. As attorneys, we embrace the opportunity to help both new entrants and established players navigate the legal and business issues in order to actualize their alcohol-based business. Our team members bring industry-specific knowledge as owners of a distribution company catering towards craft brands. This experience enables us to use our legal and business knowledge to give practical and cost-effective advice.
We back up our industry experience with a depth of knowledge that extends well beyond the arena of alcohol-related business. Axley has years of experience representing clients regarding general business and corporate matters, labor and employment issues, administrative and litigation proceedings, and commercial lease and loan negotiations. Our breadth of experience makes Axley a one-stop shop for those looking to start a brewery, brewpub, contract brewing facility, distributorship, or other alcohol-related business.
We practice in the following areas:
- The maze of (sometimes inconsistent) federal, state, and local permitting and excise laws
- Commercial contracts for alternating proprietorships
- Contract brewing arrangements
- Distribution relationships
- Production and supply agreements
- Litigating disputes with distributors over brand compensation rights
At Axley, we know that choosing a legal advisor can be a daunting exercise, which is often made at a stressful time when your focus needs to be on your business. That’s why we offer a free consultation with no commitment and no fee. We encourage you to sit down with us for a conversation to discuss your goals and objectives. Together, we can evaluate whether we are a good fit and how we can help you succeed.