The Brewers Association (BA) has offered quarterly internship positions in the Craft Beer Program and American Homebrewers Association departments for nearly five years. As the legal landscape of the craft brewing industry grows more complex, the BA found a need to research and track certain laws internally. To begin this process, a new legal internship position was created. Jessica Hunter recently joined the BA as the first legal intern to work on legislative and regulatory issues facing brewers at the federal and state levels.
Hunter, a current law student at University of Colorado Law in Boulder, has a background in business and a MBA from the University of Denver.
Key Objectives of the New Legal Internship Position:
- Develop state database related to barrel caps or carve outs, franchise laws, onsite sales, self-distribution, licenses, registration fees, limitations, tasting room laws, retail and wholesale provisions, container laws, labeling, direct shipment, operating hours, off-premise laws, on-premise laws, sales by channel, taxes, special events, brewpub laws and production brewery laws, etc.
- Gather information on laws and trends related to alcohol
- Develop database of court cases and opinions related to the three-tier system, tied house, franchise law and labeling
The craft brewing industry was the impetus for Hunter attending law school, writing about her experience in the Great Divide Brewing taproom. Post-law school, she plans to be an advocate for local businesses.