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Craft Brewery, Winery and Distillery Law

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Winthrop & Weinstine's dedicated craft brewery, winery and distillery legal team serves clients on a variety of matters and at every stage of their businesses, from the field to the glass, to the tasting room and beyond. This includes raising money from investors, securing equipment and construction financing, navigating through complex licensing requirements, negotiating leases, distribution agreements, and ingredient procurement contracts, and applying for trademarks and protecting other key intellectual property assets. We also work with distributors and suppliers on a range of legal issues.

As a member of the Brewers Association, the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild and the Minnesota Grape Growers Association, our firm has deep experience in the industry. Whether you are still in planning stages, an emerging producer, or an existing brewery, winery or distillery looking to grow, we understand the legal and financial realities you face, and use our deep industry experience to offer practical and cost-effective solutions to our clients’ challenges.

Our representations of craft brewery, winery and distillery clients have included, among others: 
  • Start-up financing
  • Entity formation
  • Licensing and regulatory issues
  • Distribution and procurement agreements
  • Trademark and brand management
  • Real estate and leasing
  • Employment counseling

Professionals

Name

Phone

Email

Jonathan W.J. Armour
Attorney 
p  (612) 604-6742 
f   (612) 604-6942 
Martha J. Engel
Attorney 
p  (612) 604-6470 
f   (612) 604-6870 
Benjamin J. Klassen
Attorney 
p  (612) 604-6464 
f   (612) 604-6864 
Mark A. Pihart
Attorney 
p  (612) 604-6623 
f   (612) 604-6823 
Zachary J. Robins
Attorney 
p  (612) 604-6487 
f   (612) 604-6987 
Evan C. Sheets
Attorney 
p  (612) 604-6612 
f   (612) 604-6812 
Joseph M. Windler
Attorney 
p  (612) 604-6646 
f   (612) 604-6846 
Douglas S. Wolgamot
Attorney 
p  (612) 604-6756 
f   (612) 604-6856 

Professionals

Name

Phone

Email

Tiffany A. Blofield
Attorney 
p  (612) 604-6684 
f   (612) 604-6884 
Aimée D. Dayhoff
Attorney 
p  (612) 604-6444 
f   (612) 604-6844 
Martha J. Engel
Attorney 
p  (612) 604-6470 
f   (612) 604-6870 
Christopher M. Hussey
Attorney 
p  (612) 604-6710 
f   (612) 604-6910 
Douglas S. Wolgamot
Attorney 
p  (612) 604-6756 
f   (612) 604-6856 
 
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