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Craft Beer Laws & Regulations

If you own, work for or are thinking of opening a brewery in Virginia ... you need to know the rules.

Every brewery is subject to complex federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Whether you are a start-up or existing brewery, this course will help you successfully navigate the legal waters regarding the craft beer industry.

What you'll learn

After completing this 6-hour course, you will have a strong understanding of these topics (and more!):

> Federal licensing (TTB)
> State licensing
> Three-tier system
> Distribution
> Intellectual property/trademarking
> Labeling/formulations

> Taxes
> Business structures
> Financing
> Owner operating agreements
> Employee issues
> Brewing legislation
> Virginia ABC


When:  tba
$149 early bird, $179 full price

This is a virtual course consisting of three real-time lectures and Q&A with the instructor. Instruction is based on laws in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


Brandon Carter is a Partner in the Savannah office of Lewis Brisbois. Brandon relocated to Savannah in 2019 after practicing law in Virginia for almost a decade. He maintains a beverage law practice where he assists alcoholic beverage manufacturers and retailers with issues including licensing, intellectual property rights, zoning, violations and employment matters.

Brandon Carter - instructor for Craft Beer Laws & Regulations

Previously, Brandon served as Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for Scott County, Va.

A history nerd, Brandon is also a co-founder and board member of Richmond Beeristoric.

Workshop contact:  Robyn Smyth,

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact David Conners at or (540) 767-6100 during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Sponsored by Carter Bank & Trust