Choosing Trademark-Safe Names: 5 Questions

BL Beer BottleThere are only so many hoppy, reserve, barrel-aged names to go around. This means that more and more otherwise happy, brotherly-loving brewers, vintners and distillers are taking aim at each other over company names and product names that may or may not be infringing on one another.

Before deciding your next beer MUST be named Brewers’Law Lager, or whatever, ask these 5 questions.

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The Florida Breweries Report – April 2015

Florida Breweries Report Logo (14.11)Number of licensed Florida breweries topped 150 for the first time in April 2015.

Monthly Highlights

  • Three new breweries are included in this edition of The Florida Brewery Report: Concrete Beach Brewery in Miami, Goat Lips Deli & Dinner House in Pensacola, and House of Brewz Taps & Tapas in Ft. Myers.
  • In April 2015, the total number of breweries licensed within the past 12 months stands at 151. Of those, 126 breweries reported taxpaid sales in April.
  • Month-to-month taxpaid sales was down 5.82% in A;pril 2015. Total taxpaid sales during the rolling last-twelve-months (LTM) increased by 2.99%.
  • In April 2015, Florida breweries’ taxpaid sales accounted for 0.35% of all beer sales in Florida (3.5 out of 1,000 beers sold).

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The Florida Breweries Report – March 2015

Florida Breweries Report Logo (14.11)Florida breweries increased monthly taxpaid activity by nearly 20% in March 2015.

Monthly Highlights

  • Four new breweries are included in this edition of The Florida Brewery Report: Crooked Can Brewing Co. in Winter Garden, Silverking Brewing Co. in Tarpon Springs, Las Tapas Restaurant & Brewery in The Villages, and Tomoka Brewing Co. in Port Orange.
  • In March 2015, the total number of breweries licensed within the past 12 months stands at 148. Of those, 122 breweries reported taxpaid sales in March.
  • Month-to-month taxpaid sales was up 18.84% in March 2015. Total taxpaid sales during the rolling last-twelve-months (LTM) increased by 3.17%.
  • In March 2015, Florida breweries’ taxpaid sales accounted for 0.37% of all beer sales in Florida (4 out of 1,000 beers sold).

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How to Take Advantage of Florida’s 2015 Beverage Law

Agrarian_Ale_BelGene_Blanca_at_Tap_and_GrowlerWhen Governor Rick Scott signed into law CS/SB 186, he largely ended Florida’s state of growler confusion. However, the 2015 beverage law–which is now known as Florida Law 2015-12–will do much more to improve the status of craft beverages in Florida when it becomes effective July 1, 2015. This article describes how Florida’s breweries, distilleries, distributors, and vendors can take advantage of the recent improvements to Florida’s Beverage Law.

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The Florida Breweries Report – February 2015

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New Twisted Trunk Brewing Co. lead Florida breweries to 4.44% growth in February 2015.

Monthly Highlights

  • Two new breweries are included in this edition of The Florida Brewery Report: Coppertail Brewing Co. in Tampa and Lake Tribe Brewing Company in Tallahassee.
  • In February 2015, the total number of breweries licensed within the past 12 months stands at 137. Of those, 118 breweries reported taxpaid sales in February.
  • Month-to-month taxpaid sales was up 4.44% in February 2015. Total taxpaid sales during the rolling last-twelve-months (LTM) increased by 4.35%.
  • In February 2015, Florida breweries’ taxpaid sales accounted for 0.39% of all beer sales in Florida (4 out of 1,000 beers sold).

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The Florida Breweries Report – January 2015

Florida Breweries Report Logo (14.11)Florida starts 2015 by adding six new breweries.

Monthly Highlights

  • Six new breweries are included in this edition of The Florida Brewery Report: J Wakefield Brewing in Miami, Florida Keys Brewing Co. in Islamorada, Destin Brewery in Destin, 1010 Brewing Co. in Orlando, Twisted Trunk Brewing Co. in Palm Beach Garden, and Barrel of Monks Brewing in Boca Raton.
  • In January 2015, the total number of breweries licensed within the past 12 months stands at 141. Of those, 113 breweries reported taxpaid sales in January.
  • Month-to-month taxpaid sales was down 8.33% in January 2015. Total taxpaid sales during the rolling last-twelve-months (LTM) fell by 11.43%.
  • In January 2015, Florida breweries’ taxpaid sales accounted for 0.34% of all beer sales in Florida (3 out of 1,000 beers sold).

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The Florida Breweries Report – December 2014

Florida Breweries Report Logo (14.11)Florida breweries ended 2014 with double digit growth in taxpaid sales.

Monthly Highlights

  • Two eagerly anticipated new breweries are included in this edition of The Florida Brewery Report: Angry Chair Brewing in Tampa and Infinite Ale Works in Ocala.
  • In December 2014, the total number of licensed breweries stands at 135. Of those, 116 breweries reported taxpaid sales.
  • Month-to-month taxpaid sales was up 15.74% in December 2014. Total taxpaid sales during the rolling last-twelve-months (LTM) increased by 15.80%.
  • In December 2014, Florida breweries’ taxpaid sales accounted for 0.33% of all beer sales in Florida (3 out of 1,000 beers sold).

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2015 Legislative Updates via Florida Craft

The Florida Legislature’s 2015 session kicks off in less than a month, on March 3, 2015. If you enjoyed our posts during the last legislative session about the bills that promised to promote or destroy, respectively, Florida craft beverage industry, then head over to to FloridaCraft.org.

We’ll be posting legislative updates on Florida Craft’s website, leaving the Brewers’ Law website for Florida beverage manufacturers who need answers about what the law is, not anxiety about what it might become (remember last year, when nothing happened in the end?).

If you’re a beverage manufacturer or a manufacturer in planning, this is your place for the legal information you need right now. For the rest of you, head over to FloridaCraft.org for my post about House Bill 107, which promises big changes to Florida’s beverage laws to help craft brewers and distillers.

Clarification on ABT’s New Taproom Licensing Policy

As previously reported, the ABT has adopted a new policy requiring all taproom license applications to be reviewed in the Tallahassee district office. The new policy was announced in an email from Marie Fraher, the ABT’s Chief of Licensing, in an email to ABT licensing personnel. We obtained a copy of Ms. Fraher’s email by public records request, and you can read it here.

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