Licensing & Compliance

Whether you need a TTB or ABC License review or you want a our dedicated craft beer law firm to complete your applications in full, we are here to help!

Both state and federal licensing is required before opening a craft brewery. The forms involved can be long, complicated, and downright confusing. But we are here to help from the initial application to label approvals in both jurisdictions. Our office has extensive experience with the maze of licensing required in getting start-ups both brewing and bottled. We can assist you in formulating a plan that takes into account sensitive timelines and frequently time-consuming formalities.

Furthermore, we are well-versed in the mountain of compliance issues faced by craft breweries and their staff. While compliance violations can be a costly misstep in your business, The Craft Beer Attorney, APC has years of practice assisting breweries with everything from tied-house restrictions, donations, social media, beer dinners, and other special events. We also keep a constant eye on new and proposed legislation in the craft beer industry so that we can keep you up to date and running as efficiently as possible.

We provide a full array of options for your licensing needs.

California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC)

  • Application Completion – $3,100 plus government fees*
    • Compile all forms
    • Work with local planning office for zoning affidavit
    • Run residence and consideration point report
    • Government fees vary based on locality
    • Business Document Review**
  • Application Review – $950**
    • Provide the necessary forms
    • Answer questions as needed
    • Business Document Review
    • Full review of application before submission
  • Consultation/Questions – $400/hr
  • CA ABC License Costs:
    • Type 9 – $74
    • Type 17 – $410
    • Type 23 Original – $271
    • Type 23 Duplicate – $87
    • Livescan (per each individual listed not in the ABC database) – $63

*Government fees can include Zoning Affidavit costs (depends on location, $221 City of San Diego) and are subject to change.

**Clients who have used The Craft Beer Attorney to form their business entity will receive a $450 credit towards the cost of any of our ABC packages.  Clients who have NOT used The Craft Beer Attorney to form their business entity will be invoiced ABC packages at the price listed above, unless they opt out of a review of their documents.

 

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)

  • Application Completion – $1,950 plus government fees*
    • Set up online TTB login
    • Complete online forms
    • Business Document Review**
    • Upload required documents
  • Application Review – $800
    • Provide the necessary links
    • Answer questions as needed
    • Business Document Review**
    • Full review of application before submission
  • Consultation/Questions – $400/hr

*Government fees can include $1,000 TTB Bond

**Clients who have used The Craft Beer Attorney to form their business entity will receive a $450 credit towards the cost of any of our TTB packages.  Clients who have NOT used The Craft Beer Attorney to form their business entity will be invoiced TTB packages at the price listed above, unless they opt out of a review of their documents.

Miscellaneous Licensing Needs – $175/hr

  • Filing Amendments for TTB
  • Filing changes for ABC