The alcoholic beverage industry continues to experience tremendous growth, fueled in part by the proliferation of independent craft breweries, wineries and distilleries. Nonetheless, there are a myriad of rules and regulations governing the industry as well as the hospitality sector. At the state level, alcohol beverage control (ABC) agencies have authority over licensing and regulation of producers and distributors while federal law is governed by the Alcohol & Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

With offices in the greater Washington D.C. area, Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig provides comprehensive alcoholic beverage law services to clients across the United States, including:

  • International malt beverage manufacturers
  • Breweries
  • Wineries
  • Wine shippers
  • Importers and distributors
  • National restaurant chains
  • Locally-owned restaurants
  • Theaters, coliseums, arenas, and clubs

Our attorneys are well versed in the state and federal regulations governing the alcoholic beverage industry. We have a proven track record of helping our clients resolve a variety of hospitality, winery, vineyard and beverage law matters. Although the industry is heavily regulated, we work closely with our clients to help them achieve their objectives.

In particular, we routinely assist with preparing and filing of beverage license and permit applications and advise clients on compliance with labeling requirements for the manufacture, sale, and import/export of wine and alcoholic beverages. Because failing to comply with these regulations can lead to serious consequences, including fines and license suspension or revocation, we work proactively to protect our clients’ interests.

ABC Licensing

Obtaining an alcoholic beverage control license from a state agency is a complicated process that requires providing extensive documentation, and some agencies require applicants to undergo criminal background checks. For this reason, the licensing process is lengthy and delays in the issuance of licenses can costly. Over our many years of practice, we have developed working relationships with state ABC agencies which helps to expedite the licensing process.

At Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, our liquor licensing attorneys have a proven track record of helping our clients navigate state and federal laws governing the production, interstate distribution, sale, and consumption of alcohol. We provide guidance to startups as well as established brewers, distillers, and wineries. Our legal team also understands the unique issues facing restaurant and club owners and helps these clients navigate federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding the provision of food and alcoholic beverages to patrons.

ABC Violations

In the event that a client is facing charges of violating ABC laws and regulations, we aggressively defend them against actions brought by federal, or state regulatory and law enforcement agencies.

Trademarks and Advertising

For craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries, as well as producers, suppliers, and retailers, success in the competitive alcoholic beverage market requires establishing a strong brand identity and implementing an effective marketing strategy. Our attorneys routinely assist clients with brand identity and trademark selection, conduct trademark searches and prepare and submit trademark applications. Additionally, we are well versed in rules governing the advertising, marketing, and promotion of alcoholic beverages and advise on clients on complying with applicable state and federal laws.

Experienced Alcohol Beverage and Hospitality Industry Attorneys

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig provides advice and counsel to spirits, beer and wine producers, retailers, suppliers and distributors, restaurants and clubs. We strive to ensure that our clients comply with industry laws and regulations and work diligently to protect their interests. If you need assistance applying for an ABC license or advice on compliance with ABC laws and regulations, call our office today, fill out a contact form, or email us at