Hiring Employees - Fun with Taxes!

Did you see yesterday’s news on the blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram? Team VBC is growing! We started laying the groundwork for this expansion about a month ago when we began researching the rules and regulations related to running a business that has actual employees. The Virginia Beer Company is registered as a limited liability corporation. As a result, Robby and I (as co-founders) are not counted as employees of the business; we are considered member-managers of the LLC and are subject to different laws and tax regulations than a standard employee.

Let’s just say that hiring our first employee has been an incredible amount of work. As we plan to hire many, many more, we are choosing to believe that the process gets easier over time. The challenges associated with being an employer are not brewery-specific...

Brewery Law Considerations

As referenced in the original post about our location search, the 21st Amendment repealed Prohibition in 1933 and left the regulation of alcohol to the individual states. The laws that are in place as a result of this decision were an important consideration for us when we began researching potential locations. The most important legal issues to take into account when considering opening a brewery are related to sales and distribution. Amazingly enough, neo-Prohibitionist sentiment is still alive and well today; most alcohol laws are anachronistic and change has been moving at a snail's pace. 

In 2011, New Belgium Brewing Company (Fort Collins, CO), Oskar Blues Brewing Company (Lyons, CO) and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company (Chico, CA) all announced plans for new East Coast facilities...