Franchise Laws

The Brewers Association has created a database of U.S. beer franchise laws. While this database has undergone several edits, it should not be considered the final word on franchise laws across the country.*

Understanding Beer Franchise Laws

Before entering a relationship with a beer wholesaler, a brewery should become familiar with the state laws that regulate brewer-wholesaler relationships. Such “beer franchise laws” frequently dictate many terms of a brewer-wholesaler “agreement,” trumping contrary terms in any contract.  The Beer Franchise Law Summary is a brief discussion of the “typical” beer franchise law, followed by a summary of selected state franchise law provisions.

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In no way should this be interpreted as legal advice. Instead, it should be an additional resource in your own unique research. All materials have been prepared for general information purposes only to permit the reader to learn more about craft beer legal issues. The information presented is not legal advice, is not to be acted on as such, may not be current and is subject to change without notice. Always seek the advice of a competent attorney before drafting a contract, terminating a wholesaler, or initiating other legal action.