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Feb 24, 2017 - Feb 25, 2017Fifth Third BallparkComstock Park, MI
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Attention all you Alcohol Manufacturers!
The Federal Alcohol Tax and Trade Bureau are easing up on some excise taxation points! Some broad strokes for you...

You can now pay excise taxes annually if you expect to pay less than $1000 in federal excise taxes per year. But the State of Michigan has not changed its rules, and that is a pretty low threshold. So, Yay?


You are now exempt from the bond requirement if you expect to pay less than $50,000 in annual federal excise taxes. But, the State of Michigan still requires bonding for licensing. So, nevermind.

Cider is now allowed to have up to 8.5% alcohol by volume, and carbonated up to .64 grams of CO2 per 100 mL! It can also now contain pear juice as well as apple. But the State of Michigan still sees no difference between Wine and Hard Cider. This will allow you to save on your Federal excise taxes for those "bigger" ciders, and allow for more variety.

Please remember that this information is not always the case. Many people's circumstances may be different. Contact Gavin Legal PLLC for a better assessment of how these changes will effect you.

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Come find me at DeVos Place this Friday and Saturday! I'll be floating around or at the Experience Beer, Beer Lounge.

SAVE THE DATE FOR 2017 - the 10th Annual Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival - November 16-18.…/youre-probably-drinking-illegal-dark…/

An interesting subject. Especially in the current world of Alcohol Production.

Sounds dumb, but this is the way things work. You invest your time, energy, and money into an idea, turn it into a product, build some equity in a name, and then have to change it or deal with imitators profiting on your work? ...
Not with some simple research and a good Trademark Attorney.

This is one way Gavin Legal helps its clients navigate though life, even when things get murky and rough. See what I did there?

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Most of us have made a Dark 'n Stormy at some point because it's so simple, and so very good. Except what we've been making just might have been illegal.
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A new year! What are you going to get done in 2016? A Will, Trust, or revision? Start a new business? Update your business documents? Whatever you resolutions this year, talk to Gavin Legal about it. Sorry, I can't help you lose weight.

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Let me apply Stewart's Test for Obscenity to Craftbeer.

"I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description ["Craftbeer"], and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it, and the [Beer] involved in this case is not that."…/american-government…/…

We spend a lot of time trying to define the term “craft beer.” Why? Well, perhaps that definition could provide the competitive advantage a smaller, local-focused brewery needs to compete ... Read More

The days are getting noticeably shorter, school is starting, and the weather will soon cool down. Must be fall will be here soon.

What happens in the fall? Apples. Apple pie, apple sauce, and my favorite, apple cider. This is a busy time of year for cider makers and drinkers alike. Get it fresh!

Cider holds an important place in out country's history. Fresh and Hard Cider has been the seasonal drink of choice since the Pilgrims. As American as apple cider.


Did you know that one of the facets of Gavin Legal PLLC involves cider? Gavin Legal PLLC represents a special set of wine makers; the cider maker. Are you thinking of going pro and selling your hard cider? Gavin Legal PLLC will help you on your way. Contact Gavin Legal today to talk Cider.

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Where did the summer go? Time goes so fast. Don't wait to get your estate in order, name trademarked, or your new business off the ground. Call Gavin Legal PLLC and make things happen.

Who wants a free Carraba's meal? Gavin Legal PLLC is sponsoring a fundraising event for Diamonds in the Rough Kid's Camp and has 6 tickets available for free. The event is Thursday April 30at 6pm. Contact Gerald Gavin for details.

Our clients are the best. Did you know that Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery and Supply in Ada, MI routinely features homebrewers and their beers on the commercial brewhouse and tap list?
Super Cool. Doesn't get more local than that.

In fact, stop by Wednesday and say hello to Gavin Legal PLLC Founder Gerald Gavin as he brews for the second time at Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery and Supply.

Do you know the differences between a will and a trust?

Do you know when you need a will and when you need a trust?

I would be happy to help you understand these important tools. Please call, text, or email Gavin Legal PLLC at 616-822-2143 or

Railtown Brewing Company is a neighborhood brewery in Dutton, MI. Offering a wide variety of ales that are all handcrafted on a 3bbl brewing system. Follow us on Facebook. 3555 68th St SE Dutton, M...

This is why you need an IP attorney. I see Bell's argument, google "bottling innovation" you will see the first two hits are Bells. A little diligence solves many problems. Trademark or not, some trademark rights can be gained without registering. Call your Gavin Legal to help you with your trademark needs.…/bells-brewery-beer-tradema…/24732355/

Innovation Brewing of Sylva, N.C. makes only about 500 barrels of beer a year, mostly sold in Jackson County. But size doesn't matter in a tough