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Brewery Incubators On the Rise

October 27, 2016

The CED Blog has previously covered the economic development power of breweries to revitalize downtown Main Streets. And the blog recently detailed the utility and potential of retail incubators in helping aspiring entrepreneurs launch a business and establish a physical store location. And now, som … Continued

Easing the Federal Excise Tax on Brewers

April 2, 2015

Dueling bills have been introduced in Congress aimed at reducing the federal excise tax on brewers in an effort to support the industry. Some have called it a beer movement, others a brewing renaissance, but regardless of how it’s described craft brewing is alive, well, and continuing to grow in the … Continued

The Right Crowd: How Two Entrepreneurs Creatively Financed a Craft Brewery in Asheboro, NC

October 23, 2014

A previous CED blog post analyzed securities law as it relates to crowdfunding, in which businesses use mass marketing and web-based platforms to raise investment capital from many investors in small amounts, with each investor becoming a share owner in the business. Another post described a differe … Continued

Breweries and economic development: A case of home brew

April 5, 2013

Something is brewing in small towns throughout North Carolina. Far outside the city limits of Beer City U.S.A. (also known to North Carolinians as Asheville), craft breweries are opening up in and around distressed downtowns throughout the state. Part industrial facility, part retail space, part bar … Continued

Brewing Up Some Economic Development: Changes to Craft Brewery Laws in North Carolina

July 31, 2012

North Carolina has recently enacted several provisions aimed at increasing the development of its brewing industry. The first North Carolina craft brewery opened in 1985 with Uli Bennewitz’s Weeping Radish brewpub, and the industry has grown to over sixty breweries since the opening of Weeping Radis … Continued