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A straight take on an intoxicating industry: The risks and rewards of brewing and distilling in NC

Panel :: CONNECT
Running Time:
60:00

Screening Info:
Friday, November 13
10:30 AM
Thalian Main
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For brewers and distillers, there is no single recipe for success, so pull up a seat for a spirited discussion and learn how to analyze today’s realities and plan for future challenges and opportunities. This panel will tackle the legal issues swirling in the state’s exploding brewing and distilling industry. They’ll discuss changes the N.C. Legislature made this year, the role of the N.C. Craft Brewers Guild, the risks and rewards of running a brewery/distillery, how to avoid those risks, and more.

Scott Maitland founded Top of the Hill in 1996 to prevent a chain restaurant from dominating downtown Chapel Hill. The restaurant inspired the creation of Top of the Hill Distillery and TOPO Organic Spirits, now available in North Carolina ABC stores, 11 other states and online. Scott is also an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Kenan-Flagler Business School, a graduate of UNC Law, and a US Army veteran.

Erik Lars Myers is Founder, CEO and Head Brewer of Mystery Brewing and President of NC Craft Brewers Guild. After a decade of homebrewing, he started his blog, Top Fermented, got involved helping out with Know Your Brewer and the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild, and finally decided to venture out on his own in business doing what he loves most.

Deborah Sperati, Partner at Poyner Spruill LLP, leads the Brewery, Winery and Distillery Law Practice Group, representing businesses in obtaining proper licensing and permitting by federal, state and local authorities. She is also Co-Founder, Legal Counsel, and Chief Cultural Officer of Koi Pond Brewing Company, Rocky Mount’s first craft brewery.

Kevin Ceglowski, a partner at Poyner Spruill, represents employers in many areas of labor and employment law, including race, age, gender, religion, national original, disability employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, wage and hour, and non-competes.