Craft Brewers

Bowditch & Dewey, LLP presents a full suite of legal services to craft brewers, cider makers and industry distributors. Two of our office locations, Framingham and Worcester, are listed among the “Best Beers in the Best Cities” with “producers of the best beer around” according to


  • Corporate, including compliance and startups
  • ABCC representation
  • Employment, including counseling and advice, employee benefits and executive compensation, and defense of all employment related claims
  • Real estate, including leasing, permitting, acquisitions and dispositions
  • Environmental, including wastewater management
  • IP, including licensing and trademark
  • Litigation
  • Trusts & Estates
  • Business succession planning and stockholder agreements
  • Tax
  • Insurance liability

Representative Experience:

  • Successfully defended a craft brewer and employee in a non-compete suit brought by a large-scale producer
  • Successfully defended a craft brewer in licensing proceedings before the ABCC
  • Assisted brewery owner in raising capital from a private investor (and provided tax advice), enabling the company to construct and relocate to a new brewing facility
  • Represented the majority owner in the buyout of his partner
  • Participated on the Lay Advisory Board of Saint Joseph’s Abbey during brewery start-up and production of Spencer Trappist Ale, America’s first Trappist ale
  • Represented a brew pub that made its own beer for sale in the restaurant with financing and general corporate issues
  • Represented several lenders in financing deals with distributors of craft beers
  • Served as bond and agency counsel in connection with the issuance of a $2 million tax-exempt bond on behalf of a brewer and distribution company; the bonds were used to finance the construct a new 35,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Ipswich
  • Represented a sales executive with regard to her employment agreement