Articles & Speaking Events

At Hop Law, being a lawyer isn’t simply about courtroom appearances and contract negotiations. Our commitment to helping breweries and distilleries thrive goes beyond the office, including speaking at local industry events and staying up-to-date on changing legislation. Check back frequently to learn more about any of our upcoming speaking engagement, or to read our latest article about legal issues and discussions in the brewery, winery, and distillery markets.

State Fair Talk: Crazy Trademark and Label Problems for Breweries

Stop by the 10,000 Beers exhibit in the West Hall of the Agriculture/Horticulture building at the Minnesota State Fair on Saturday, August 26th at 6:00pm for this event hosted by the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild. Elliot Ginsburg will be telling stories of some of the craziest trademark and label problems we have dealt with over […]

All Pints North (2017), Legal Panel

This year the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild hosted the sixth annual All Pints North Summer Brew Fest in Duluth. This event celebrates breweries and brew pubs in Minnesota, with a few national craft brands being welcomed as well. As you can imagine, the brewery owners had some questions about the legal aspects of their businesses. […]

Midwest Craft Brewers Conference, Speaker: Financing, Trademarks, and Regulations for Breweries

The 2017 Midwest Craft Brewers Conference celebrates the incredible business owners in the Midwest that produce delicious craft beer for the masses. At the conference, brewery owners have the opportunity to learn from one another as well as from speakers and panelists throughout the event. While attending to speak on the legal panel, Elliot Ginsburg […]

July 31, 2017

Craft Brewers’ Conference 2017

Hop Law is excited to be attending the Midwest Craft Brewers’ Conference 2017, being held at University of Wisconsin Stout on July 31 through August 1. For three days, we will be rubbing elbows with some of the finest brewers in the Midwest, attending keynote speeches, and other sessions on a variety of topics, going on brewery tours, tasting craft beer […]

August 1, 2016

Playing by the Rules: Legal Matters Concerning Craft Breweries in Wisconsin and Minnesota

Hop Law presented at the Midwest Craft Brewery Conference in August 2016.  We discussed a number of legal issues that breweries address regularly.  We started out with a discussion of ownership issues, including how to go about seeking and obtaining investments for your brewery and how to set up your corporate entity.  Many breweries try […]

July 20, 2016

New Overtime Regulations, Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild: All Pints North

Hop Law gave a presentation about federal overtime regulations that go into effect on December 1, 2016at All Pints North in Duluth, Minnesota.  It’s likely going to impact a number of craft breweries all over the country. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that employees be paid overtime for hours worked beyond forty hours […]

July 1, 2016

Minnesota Brewpub Distribution

Elliot Ginsburg co-authored with Erin Conway on this article that was published in Minnesota Beer. This article was the first that we published.  It dealt with an issue that was somewhat under the radar – brewpub regulation in Minnesota.  Minnesota brewpubs are not permitted to sell their products to wholesalers or other retailers.  The same year […]

February 11, 2016

Minnesota Grape Growers Association Cold Climate Conference – Cider: What the Fed?

Hop Law presented at the Cold Climate Conference for wineries in colder climates.  It was our first time presenting at this conference and we really enjoyed it.  The topic we presented on was regulations and laws in the cider industry.  States have generally not regulated cider as its own product category, but have either treated […]

October 16, 2015

Representing Brewers and Distillers, Thirty-Eighth Annual Forum on Franchising: Solo and Small Firm Breakfast

Hop Law presented to a group of lawyers practicing at solo and small law firms about our brewery, distillery, and winery practice.  We discussed how focusing on an area of law and a specific industry that we are passionate about has made this practice easy to work for – not because the work is easy, […]

August 7, 2015

Beneath the Surface: Three Areas New Brewers Need to Approach with Caution

Erin Conway and Evan Sallee presented at the inaugural Midwest Craft Brewers Conference in 2015 on a few areas that are often overlooked: (1) trademark and brand protection; (2) distribution; and (3) less obvious regulations (e.g., label approvals, securities regulations, etc.) With respect to trademarks, breweries are often surprised to find that not only do […]