Craft Brewery, Distillery and Winery Law

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Reinhart’s Craft Brewery, Distillery and Winery Law group – which embraces the long-standing Wisconsin traditions of brewing beer, distilling spirits and producing wine – is dedicated to assisting companies solve their distinct legal challenges. Reinhart has counseled breweries, distilleries and wineries for decades. Now, as the issues facing this sector continue to grow more complex, our attorneys remain focused on providing innovative legal solutions that are customized to the specific needs of each business.

We represent manufacturers, retailers, distributors, wholesalers, suppliers, agricultural businesses, importers, franchisors and entrepreneurs in the beer, liquor and wine industries. Our breadth of experience gives us an informed perspective that allows us to understand the legal landscape and the brewery, distillery and winery market as a whole.

Reinhart’s clients range in all sizes, and our attorneys’ experience is uniquely suited to provide counsel at any stage of a business – whether a company is interested in entering this growing market, expanding production or winding down.

Our services include:

  • Brewery, brewpub, distillery, winery and liquor licensing
  • Mergers and acquisitions, capital-raising transactions and organizational documents
  • Distribution, supply, and production contracts, and out-of-state shippers’ permits
  • Start-ups and emerging companies
  • Financing, such as SBA loans, private equity, crowdfunding, and tax credit opportunities
  • Acquisition and sale of real estate, leasing, development, and municipal approvals
  • Environmental compliance
  • Food safety regulations
  • Product labeling
  • Advertising and social media
  • Trademark and other intellectual property issues
  • Labor and employment matters
  • Employee retirement and health plans
  • Succession planning



Reinhart’s Sarah Schenck was interviewed on radio station WUWM 89.7 regarding why craft brewers are increasingly concerned about water conservation and water quality issues. Sarah discussed those issues in more depth on a panel at this year’s Great Lakes Water Conservation Conference.

Reinhart Food and Beverage Practice Chair Jennifer Naeger has authored an article for Wisconsin Lawyer Magazine discussing how the latest trends in food and beverage law – including health-related labels, the rise of craft breweries and new food-safety laws – require the assistance of savvy counsel.

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