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 Michigan small wine maker license ; more importantly, these experiences have taught him valuable lessons that he is consistently happy to share with clients.
From inception to opening date, a small wine maker will 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 Wine Maker license, and the TTB wine maker permits. 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 – creating wine, mead, or cider and opening the doors.