As the owner of a microbrewery, Michael has first-hand knowledge of the trials and tribulations that arise throughout the process; more importantly, these experiences have taught him valuable lessons that he is consistently happy to share with clients.
From inception to opening date, microbrewery owners face a great number of legal hurdles, working with local governments, the Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDARD)/local health departments, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, and the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB). On the licensing side, it is necessary to obtain local governmental approvals, a Michigan Micro Brewery license, and the TTB Brewer’s Notice. In addition to licensing, other legal concerns such as formation of the business entity, drafting of real estate leases/purchase agreements, creation of employee contracts, and intellectual property protection will arise throughout the process. Stariha & Brower is ready, willing, and fully capable to handle all of these matters for our clients, ensuring that they can focus on what really matters – brewing beer and opening the doors.