When you’re starting to look at distributing your beer line to grocery and liquor stores, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to starting to prepare your distribution agreements.

The marriage of a brewery and distributor can be, like any marriage, tricky to navigate. Getting out of a distribution agreement, also like a marriage, can be difficult and expensive. That’s why a distribution agreement is vitally important — think of it as a prenup between you and your distributors.

Because every state’s franchising and distribution laws are different, you need to ensure that you’re finding a beer attorney that has experience helping brewers across the United States with their distribution agreements in multiple states.

A proper beer attorney, with a vast understanding of distribution agreements, should be able to help you:

  • Identify state’s franchising laws
  • Draft, review and revise distribution agreements
  • Help negotiate territorial limitations, distributor exclusivity and pricing
  • Conduct annual renewal and reviews
  • Oversee post-termination obligations and arbitrations
  • And more.

Related: Hiring the right beer lawyer

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