Craft Beverage

Perkins Thompson has significant experience representing a variety of the region’s most exciting and innovative breweries. We are fanatical about great beer (especially great Maine beer), and we have the experience and industry depth to help your brewery or distillery succeed in these rapidly growing industries.

Services Provided

We represent both start-up and established breweries and distilleries in all facets of their operations, including:

  • Startup structuring (entity selection, organization, and capitalization)
  • Zoning and land use regulations
  • Legislative and regulatory guidance
  • Securities offerings (Regulation D and other federal exemptions, and ensuring state blue sky compliance)
  • Federal and state liquor licensing and compliance (including formula approvals and certificate of label approvals (COLAs))
  • Contract brewing agreements and alternating proprietorship agreements
  • Trademarks, licensing, trade secrets, and related intellectual property issues
  • Equity incentive plans
  • Owner agreements
  • Employment agreements, handbooks, and labor issues
  • Taxation
  • Real estate
  • Confidentiality agreements
  • Distribution agreements and terminations
  • Mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures
  • General counsel services