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By Jason JordanFor the Oregon Beer GrowlerA bartender is legally liable for serving alcohol to a patron who becomes intoxicated and then injures a third party. Does a business face similar exposure when it hosts a social event where alcohol is served, such as an open house or employee picnic?According to the Insurance Information Institute, liquor liability exposure is not limited to those whose primary business is the sale of alcoholic beverages. Most states currently have social host statutes [...]
Posted: January 18, 2018, 1:25 am
By Fred CzubaFor the Oregon Beer GrowlerWhether you are on the consuming end of the craft beverage food chain or designing recipes for your next holiday ale, both parties have one element in common: The Love of Story. Every craft producer has one. Every customer wants to hear one. But too often in our haste to sell and to buy, we pay far too much attention to the price point on the shelf, forgetting that packaging — and labeling in particular — is not just a list of ingredients. Perh [...]
Posted: December 27, 2017, 6:19 am
By Martin PerrierFor the Oregon Beer Growler​Employers can help reduce their workers’ compensation claims costs by encouraging injured employees to report incidents as soon as possible.Strict reporting deadlines may cause workers to hide their injuries. This can allow an untreated condition to worsen or it can encourage injured workers to hire an attorney to avoid repercussions because they delayed reporting.A study released by the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) in [...]
Posted: November 23, 2017, 1:24 am
By John StephensFor the Oregon Beer Growler​A looming threat that seems nearly impossible to escape today a cyberattack. How many of you have received a notice stating that your personal information has been stolen, a major retailer was hacked or a credit bureau was compromised? This problem extends to small businesses as well, including breweries. In this article, you’ll find five easy tips to enhance cybersecurity, and since I’m a homebrewer, I thought it would be more relata [...]
Posted: October 28, 2017, 5:28 pm
By Christopher MoreheadFor the Oregon Beer GrowlerAs you may recall from prior Oregon Beer Growler issues, the status of Oregon’s overtime rule for mills, factories and manufacturing establishments (which includes breweries) has been in constant flux since December 2016. That is when the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) unexpectedly decided to reinterpret longstanding overtime laws by requiring that manufacturing employers “pyramid” (i.e., pay both) daily and weekly [...]
Posted: October 12, 2017, 2:28 am
Crosby Hop Farm has its own solar array, which supplies around 30 percent of the business’s energy needs. The rest is offset through Portland General Electric programs, making the hops truly green. Photo courtesy of Crosby Hop Farm By Staci WallaceFor the Oregon Beer GrowlerWorking with hops at Crosby Hop Farm, one can’t help but be inspired by the way the baby shoots push through the soil every spring and then reach for the sky all summer. As the shoots unfurl into leaves and cl [...]
Posted: September 17, 2017, 5:40 pm
By Jason JordanFor the Oregon Beer GrowlerWith the growing popularity of craft breweries comes an increasing amount of OSHA violations. In fact, the amount of OSHA violations at breweries more than doubled between 2010 and 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.Craft breweries typically employ brewers who are expected to work with hazardous chemicals and dangerous equipment in confined spaces. Many of these businesses are open to the public for tours and tastings, which exposes them t [...]
Posted: August 24, 2017, 1:27 am
By Douglas D. MorrisFor the Oregon Beer Growler​Brewers may need to devote time and attention to other aspects of their business, besides making great beer, as the craft beer industry continues to be in transition.After multiple years of double-digit production growth, that paced slowed in 2016, and production growth could be in single digits again in 2017. This slowing has many craft breweries rethinking their strategy. Breweries that have been using fast-growing revenue to pay for [...]
Posted: August 4, 2017, 10:17 pm
Image courtesy of the Brewers Association By the Brewers AssociationFor the Oregon Beer GrowlerThe Brewers Association (BA) — the trade association representing small and independent American craft brewers — recently released 2016 data on U.S. craft brewing growth. With more than 5,300 breweries operating during the year, small and independent craft brewers represent 12.3 percent market share by volume of the overall beer industry.In 2016, craft brewers produced 24.6 million ba [...]
Posted: July 25, 2017, 8:28 pm
By Christopher MoreheadFor the Oregon Beer GrowlerWith beer festival season getting into full swing, it’s easy to turn one’s attention toward things like spending afternoons in sun-soaked beer gardens or deciding which summer release to fill your growler with (or asking yourself why you only brought one growler…). However, employers in the craft beer industry should also be aware that certain legal obligations, at least with respect to employment laws, are about to change. One [...]
Posted: July 13, 2017, 5:36 am