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Craft lawyering in Alberta since 1915 – since the days of beer in wooden barrels we’ve been helping Alberta and Northern businesses of all kinds with keeping the wheels on, and the customers happy. With offices in Calgary, Edmonton and Yellowknife, we are a regional firm and see Alberta and NWT’s craft brewers and craft distillers as kindred spirits – home-grown businesses proud of their passionate, community-minded and collaborative approach to business.

Our feature taps – no rotating seasonal law practices here – always available, experienced advice in the many legal areas a brewer, distiller or brewing industry partner could need. Like trademarks, copyright, patenting, licensing, corporate and shareholder issues, corporate finance, leasing, employment, distribution and other contracts, immigration, and, for when the schwarzbier hits the fan, litigation services.

As always - please lawyer up responsibly. Contact Richard Stobbe or Tom O’Reilly to answer your questions about the legal side of owning and operating a craft brewing or distilling operation.  

Our latest "Case of Beer" articles: 

Pour a Glass of Trademarks

Bar Room Brawl – Alberta Kicks ‘Em Where It Counts

To Serve and Protect: The Many Reasons for a Trademark Registration

Flippin' to the B-Side - Craft Beer Trademarks

The $2 Million Case of Beer - Alberta Loses Yet Another Round in Supporting Craft Brewers

Of Beer and Borders – Alberta Loses Another Round In Its Support of Alberta Craft Brewers

March 6, 2019
Beer®: Trademark Protection & Legal Quality Control for the Long Haul
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Alberta Craft Brewing Convention
December 2018
Pour a Glass of Trademarks
In time for the holidays, this is a tale of competing brands sloshing around the marketplace. Please enjoy responsibly.Diageo North America, Inc. is purveyor of some of the world’s best-known brands of spirits and beer, some of which are probably...
November 2018
Bar Room Brawl – Alberta Kicks ‘Em Where It Counts
As we noted in our two previous articles “Of Beer and Borders” and “The 2 Million Dollar Case of Beer”, the Alberta government had taken a bruising over its beer markup and Alberta-only Small Brewers Development Program rebate.&...
August 2018
Flippin' to the B-Side
Craft Beer Trademarks
In 2015, an Ontario craft brewer, Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company (Beau’s) applied for a trademark for B-SIDE BREWING LABEL, for use in association with Ontario craft beers. The “B-Side Brewing Label” is an innovative promoti...
June 2018
The $2 Million Case of Beer
Alberta Loses Yet Another Round in Supporting Craft Brewers
Steam Whistle Brewing Inc. v. Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission – June 19, 2018Sir Mick Jagger informed us that “you can’t always get what you want,” and this time, the Alberta government gets more of what they don&...
June 2018
Of Beer and Borders
Alberta Loses Another Round In Its Support of Alberta Craft Brewers
Right now, Alberta Premier Notley and her government are thinking "stupid laws!", because they can't seem to get around the ones that affect subsidies or grants for Alberta craft brewers. Alberta's latest attempt, its 2016 Small ...