Legal and Regulatory Compliance in Craft Beer

Craft brewers are masters in experimentation…and natural rule-breakers. However, staying in compliance is critical for a start-up or existing operation to keep its doors open and continue to manufacture its product. The University of Vermont’s Business of Craft Beer Program is pleased to offer an immersive, 5-week, fully online short course tackling compliance issues surrounding production and inventory, taxes, records, reporting, and more.

The Legal and Regulatory Compliance in Craft Beer Professional Certificate is taught by Matthew McLaughlin, an attorney who has built his practice around assisting, advising, and representing breweries and distilleries. This course will cover Federal and State laws governing the sale of beer, best practices for maintaining compliance, common mistakes, and practical, easy-to-follow advice to keep your brewery or cidery on the right side of the law. We are here to help you continue doing what you love—creating and producing your brew.


“I have witnessed regulatory issues cause both early stage and later stage breweries considerable time and money. In most situations, delays and unnecessary expense could have been totally avoided with a sound understanding of federal, state, and local regulatory rules and proper planning.”

- Matthew McLaughlin, Founder, McLaughlin PC