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Nil
02-25-2015, 05:50 PM
Hi all, someone know if there is a "virtual" brewing company license in the State of Ohio?

Let's say that, I own XYZ Brewery, LLC and dont wanna have a brick and mortar place yet, I have 12 beer recipes. I decided to go thru contract manufacturing, hire ABC Brewery, they produce X bbls for me, I pay for the services and distribute myself in 1/2 bbl kegs.

Is this possible in the State of Ohio? Talked to the State Liquor Authorize and their answer was that they did not know the answer and advice to talk to a Liquor Attorney.

Thanks.

BeerBred
02-25-2015, 08:14 PM
You may have coined a new term, virtual. Stick with "contract brewery." Find the brewery who is doing the brewing for people like you, they should be able to tell you what licensing you will require. Good luck!

TTB Helper
04-15-2015, 03:12 PM
Hey Nil,

BeerBred is right. The scenario you described is contract brewing. In order to produce brands at another facility, you can get licensed at the TTB level in one of two ways. You can either have the contract brewer register your brands under his/her license through the "trade name authorization" process, or you can obtain your own brewers license and be involved in the production of your brands under an "alternating proprietorship". You will also be required to register in the state the beer is being produced in and in the state you are distributing at the state level. It depends on the states.
I can explain the operational and tax implications of Trade name authorization or Alternating Proprietorship and help you with state registration. Feel free to give me a call at 636-209-1807 or e-mail me at gprindyjr@gprindy.com.

Best of luck Nil!

Gary

HLbatch
04-16-2015, 06:37 AM
Alternating proprietorship is not recognized in the state of Ohio. You will want to focus on the contract brewing scenario. I believe there is a brand called nowhere in particular that has gone through this. Perhaps if you contacted them they could point you to the agents that handled their case. Or i know a good attorney in Columbus if you want to pm me.

Nil
04-17-2015, 03:46 AM
Alternating proprietorship is not recognized in the state of Ohio. You will want to focus on the contract brewing scenario. I believe there is a brand called nowhere in particular that has gone through this. Perhaps if you contacted them they could point you to the agents that handled their case. Or i know a good attorney in Columbus if you want to pm me.

Thanks. I will double check as I know of a person that is producing beer under Alternating proprietorship. Surprised that the TTB recognizes Alternating proprietorship, yet the State of Ohio may not. Maybe it is time for me to look for another State, such as Kentucky.

Thanks, Nil