About Our Office
BBL is a South Carolina-based firm that has spent the last five years advising the craft beer and wine industries. BBL actively serves nearly 100 craft breweries, wineries, cideries, meaderies, distributors, retailers, and restaurants across the Southeast, including numerous ones in planning. Our office primarily helps them comply with applicable state and federal business and employment laws, as well as assists them in the areas of corporate formation, contracts, TTB compliance, formula and label approval, state and federal licensing, and in protecting intellectual property and trade secrets. And we do other things, too. When the work is done, we're not afraid to roll our sleeves up and shovel some grain, crush some grapes, pull some weeds, dry hop a batch, work the packaging line, or whatever needs doing. BBL is not a typical law firm. We are an office that believes in jeans, dogs, bluegrass music, hard work, passion, and creating lasting partnerships and friendships with our clients.
About Brook Bristow
Founder/Owner Brook Bristow has practiced law since 2007. He is a member of the Brewers Association, is the president of the Craft Beer Attorney Coalition, is a co-founder of Greenville Craft Beer Week, is an award-winning home brewer and former president of the Upstate Brewtopians homebrew club, is a Cicerone Program Certified Beer Server, and currently serves as the Executive Director of the South Carolina Brewers Guild. Brook’s undergraduate degree is from the University of South Carolina and his law degree is from Mercer University. He is licensed in the state of South Carolina. He can brew a passable IPA.
Professional Memberships & Associations
Brewers Association, Member, 2012 – Present
South Carolina Brewers Guild, Affiliate Member
Craft Beer Attorney Coalition, Member, 2015 - Present
State Bar of South Carolina, Member, 2007 – Present
District Court of South Carolina, 2007 – Present
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2007 – Present
Greenville County Bar Association, 2011 - Present
Honors & Awards
F.X. Matt Defense of the Small Brewing Industry (Brewers Association), 2015