As the owner of a Michigan microbrewery, Michael has first-hand knowledge of the trials and tribulations that arise throughout the process of obtaining a small distiller license in Michigan; more importantly, these experiences have taught him valuable lessons that he is consistently happy to share with clients.
From inception to opening date, the owners of small distilleries 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 Small Distiller license, and the TTB permit for a Distilled Spirits Plant (DSP). As the most heavily regulated of the federal alcohol manufacturing permits, the DSP application requires both knowledge and intensive attention to detail. Which Michigan law governing the small distiller license is among the most distiller friendly in the nation, there are a significant number of regulations that must be dealt properly and efficiently. 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 – preparing for the first runs and opening the doors.