Beer Law Mashing

Beer Law Mashing Ranked Among Top 30 Food Law Blogs

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Photo by Maxime Bhm on Unsplash

Feedspot has ranked Beer Law Mashing among the top 30 food law blogs on the web.

According to Feedspot, it selected the list from thousands of top food law blogs based on the following criteria:

  • Google reputation and Google search ranking
  • Influence and popularity on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites
  • Quality and consistency of posts
  • Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review

Beer is food, right?

In any event, I’m not complaining. It’s cool to be recognized for something you’ve worked hard on and care about.

Thank you, Feedspot!

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This Blogging Thing

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In case it’s not completely obvious, I’m new to blogging. I figure it’s like everything else on the internet though. There aren’t any “real rules”—just unwritten ones that I don’t know anything about! But I suppose I’ll figure it out.

I’ve been worried about posting images. I like to think I’m not a typical “hand-wringing, nervous lawyer,” but I guess I can’t help it sometimes. That’s what law school and fifteen years of practice will do to you.

The copyright laws are ridiculously uncertain, which makes them subject to inadvertent violations and abuse. Gray areas can result in frivolous (but burdensome) lawsuits and other abuses, like people trying to charge me for images with expired copyrights. This stifles creativity. The laws need to catch up with the digital age, but that’s another subject.

I don’t like most of the beer and law-related stock images. They get tedious—beer mugs, barrels, scales of justice, stern looking dudes in suits, dusty old law books, etc.

I’m just going to use random public domain and “copy free” images—pictures that I like or find interesting for some reason. Maybe some beer and law-related images, but mostly not. If my pictures seem odd, that’s the reason.

I’m still working on my next post regarding North Carolina’s three-tier distribution laws and hope to finish it in the next few days. I’m doing this in my free time, so life gets in the way. The research has also been harder than expected. Some of the statutory history is surprising. And our legislators have adopted plenty of vague and ambiguous statutes that haven’t been tested. Until recently, we just didn’t have that many breweries in North Carolina, so there wasn’t anyone to ask the questions.

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Welcome to Beer Law Mashing!

After many years as a “big law” partner representing publicly traded food and beverage companies, I formed GreenSky Law to attain more flexibility in my life. That includes the flexibility to build an alternative law firm culture, experiment with innovative legal services, and work with a wider range of clients, including smaller entrepreneurial companies.

Craft breweries and distilleries epitomize those clients! They are surrounded by creative, independent people who are passionate about producing great products, caring for their communities and employees, and doing the right thing, which is exactly what I want for GreenSky Law. For me, it is rewarding to help good people achieve worthwhile goals and dreams. And it doesn’t really feel like work!

Accordingly, I’m starting this blog, Beer Law Mashing, to provide practical legal information relevant to the craft beverage industry. Since so many breweries and distilleries are startups or young companies, this blog will focus primarily on basic, nuts and bolts legal topics, but it will also include more advanced topics (e.g., mergers and acquisitions and capital raising), current legal events and trends, and other things that I find interesting, personally or professionally.

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