Vancouver Craft Beer Week (VCBW) 2017 Belgian Showcase

Earlier in June, contributor and beer industry lawyer Carlos Mendes attended one of the Vancouver Craft Beer Week’s most popular events: the annual Biercraft Belgian Showcase. Read about his favourite […]

On Navigating Memory And Very Good Beer At Toronto’s Bellwood’s Brewery

Bellwood’s Brewery is not only one of the hippest spots that Downtown Toronto has to offer, but is also known for some of the most creative beers in Ontario’s craft […]

Brilliant, Food Friendly ‘Red Pilsner’ From Steel & Oak

In this article, Carlos Mendes takes us through a tasting of Steel & Oak’s flagship Red Pilsner. With prominent notes of caramel and toffee achieved through Steel & Oak’s distinct […]

Six Minutes With Brent Mills, Co-Founder & Brewmaster At Delta’s Four Winds

RBS beer industry lawyer and Craft Counsel blog contributor Carlos Mendes recently interviewed Brent Mills, Co-Founder and Brewmaster at Delta’s Four Winds Brewing, for Scout Magazine.  In the interview, Carlos […]

Lessons to be Learned from Other Brewers’ Trademark Fights

As a craft brewer, you know the importance of choosing a unique name for your brewery and your beer.  Those names are how your customers find you, talk about you, […]

Can Blue Moon’s new marketing campaign help the craft beer industry?

In a recent article in Craft Brewing News, writer Chris Crowell suggests that Big Beer campaigns promoting their “craft beer” will indeed help the craft beer industry. While he does […]

TTB accepts AB InBev’s $300,000 offer to settle for alleged trade practice violations

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has accepted a $300,000 settlement offer in compromise from Anheuser-Busch, LLC for alleged violations of the trade practice provisions of the […]

Is AB InBev trying to acquire yet another craft brewery?

Much has been written about AB InBev’s impending mega-merger with SABMiller. AB InBev’s acquisition of several popular craft breweries in the U.S. has similarly caught many in the craft beer […]

The benefits of allowing ‘Neighbourhood Public Houses’ in Vancouver

Vancouver’s current zoning regime prohibits small, community pubs in residential neighbourhoods. RBS lawyer Carlos Mendes recently wrote a piece in Scout Magazine on how the creation of a “hybrid” zoning […]

RBS lawyer Carlos Mendes joins Scout Magazine as their feature beer writer

RBS beer industry lawyer and Craft Counsel contributor Carlos Mendes recently took up a post as Scout Magazine’s beer writer. Here’s his first article for AWESOME THING WE DRANK on […]