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About Dan

Daniel Christopherson of is a beer and trademark attorney at Lehrman Beverage Law. He is an avid craft beer enthusiast who helps new and established breweries develop their business models, comply with the TTB and FDA, and protect their intellectual property.

News Story: Fairfax County Zoning Changes Help Brewers

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It’s not too late to send your beer to DC for CBC, but you need to hurry up!

The Craft Brewer’s Conference is just over a month away. If you are thinking about sending beer to DC for one or more of the awesome events taking place that week (and you should), you need to get moving. DC has … Continue reading

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How to complete the Owner Officer Information questionnaire (for a TTB Permit Application)

This guide walks you through how to complete an OOI through TTB’s Permits Online system.  Each of the sections below can be expanded Click the Who must complete an OOI?

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How to start a TTB Brewer’s Notice Application in PermitsOnline (with screenshots)

We have seen some confusion out there about how to initiate a brewer’s notice application. Here is a quick overview on how to initiate an application: Set up a Permits Online account.   Click, “Create a New Application.” Check “I have … Continue reading

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Testimonial from Tombstone Brewing Co. (Outside Link)

Matt Brown makes some great beer, and I am proud to have helped him finally open his own brewery.  Coming 10/20/2016. Also, thanks Matt for the really kind testimonial.

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Request a free trademark user’s manual

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Interview with Craft Beer Marketing Institute re Craft Beer Legal Issues

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Learn More About Alternating Proprietorships (Linked Article)

According to TTB, “An ‘Alternating proprietorship’ is a term used to describe an arrangement in which two or more people take turns using the physical premises of a brewery.”  In such an arrangement, one entity takes on the role as … Continue reading

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Why Beverage Industry Lawsuits are Increasing (Published Article)

From trademark disputes to class action claims of “misleading” marketing, lawsuits have become frequent in the beverage industry. More players in the market means more opportunities for disagreements, among companies or companies versus consumers or distributors. And the fast growth of the … Continue reading

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Legal Experts Weigh In on Craft Trademark Disputes in 2015 (published article)

Article from Brewbound: What a year for craft litigation. Whether it was an attempt to define “craft beer” or efforts to own IPA, 2015 sure had its fair share of notable legal spats. One of the more memorable cases in … Continue reading

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