Distillery Attorneys in Boise

Mooney Wieland Alcohol Industry Advisors

Distilling is a time-honored tradition in the United States, but unlike other industries, it is heavily regulated. Unlike brewing or winemaking, there is no legal way to produce distilled spirits for personal consumption in the U.S. That means operating a distillery of any kind requires a distillery permit that you must obtain from the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

At Mooney Wieland Alcohol Industry Advisors, we can help you cut through the government’s red tape if you want to set up shop as a legal distiller. There are many regulations that surrounding how your business can be formed, what permits you need to operate, what your labels must look like, and more. Once you’re in business, you’ll probably also want to protect your company’s intellectual property from trademark infringement, too.

Mooney Wieland Alcohol Industry Advisors can help you with all of these matters and more. Unlike other business law firms, ours is focused on helping business owners like you in the alcoholic beverage industry. We have the knowledge and experience it takes to interface with the government and ensure your best possible chances of success are secured.

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Opening a new distillery is a complicated legal process from square one. Let our attorneys at Mooney Wieland Alcohol Industry Advisors bring our knowledge and experience to bear for you. As a firm that focuses on helping businesses in the alcoholic beverages industry, we have what it takes to effectively respond to the unique challenges and needs your business has.

For more information about how we can assist you, please contact us online or call (208) 295-5809 to schedule a consultation.

Applying for a Distillery Permit

A distilled spirits plant permit (DSP) required for all new distilleries. These are issued by the TTB, but the application process is not as straightforward as it can be. Prospective distillers who want to retain the best possible chances of successfully obtaining their permit should consult with an attorney to help them through the process.

The TTB will ask for and scrutinize over a lot of information you provide in your application. If this information is not precise or provided in full, your application can be put on an indefinite hold or denied. Representation from Mooney Wieland Alcohol Industry Advisors can help you secure the best possible chances for successfully moving through the application process as smoothly as possible.

As attorneys who focus on helping clients involved in the alcoholic beverages industry, we have the specific knowledge and experience it takes to navigate matters concerning the TTB and other government regulations affecting your business.

Labeling Your Distilled Spirits

File for a COLA Permit

All alcoholic beverages in the U.S. must use government-approved labels before coming to market. That means the label you want to use on your distilled spirits containers must be designed according to regulations set and monitored by the TTB. This same agency is responsible for review labels and providing a Certificate of Label Approval (COLA) for those that meet its requirements.

In most cases, you can file a COLA permit as soon as you obtain your distillery permit. When you submit your COLA application, you must also provide a sample of the label you intend to use. To possibly prevent delays or denial, our distillery attorneys in Boise can help you make sure the label you intend to use meets the TTB’s requirements.

Protect Your Distillery’s Trademarks

You take pride in created the best distilled products possible, but all of your work can go unnoticed or unappreciated if it doesn’t effectively reach consumers. To stand out in their minds and on store shelves, you need to protect your company’s trademarkable intellectual property against infringement.

Things that you can trademark include the following:

  • Company name
  • Logos and other illustrations
  • Slogans
  • Product lines
  • Processes, formulas, or recipes used

Failing to protect these may leave your business vulnerable to others that may take advantage of you. A distillery attorney in Boise can also help you research IP you intend to use to make sure it’s not already in use by another company.

Reach out to us for a consultation by calling (208) 295-5809 or filling out our online contact form.

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