Welcome, thirsty listener. This is episode 2 of the Business of Drinks podcast. Today’s show is called “Legal Lingo (or How to Not Get Screwed).” In this episode, we sit down with Ryan Malkin, attorney and sage advisor when it comes to setting up a drinks business.
Not only is Ryan in-the-know in terms of what is going on in today’s drinks world, he understands the path that budding drinks entrepreneurs need to follow in order to avoid pitfalls. Even more interesting are his thoughts on how much it will cost to fulfill your drinks business aspirations. You might be pleasantly surprised to find out that you don’t need a large (or even a small) fortune to make your drinks business a reality.
This season’s show concept:
This season, we’re following a canned cocktail line called Hamlet Hound, from launch to growth. Along the way, we’ll interview key experts just like today’s guest, Ryan Malkin and ask them how a startup can go from idea to national distribution.
You’ll get the real scoop on what works, and what doesn’t. We’ll also be looking at funding models, from venture capital and drinks incubators to bootstrapping your way to success.
Want to know how to build a successful alcohol brand? Stay tuned as we investigate!
About Ryan Malkin, guest:
Ryan Malkin is founder and principal attorney of Malkin Law, PA, a firm focusing on alcohol beverage and cannabis law. Ryan has extensive experience giving advice to suppliers, wholesalers, retailers, agencies, and third parties within these regulated industries. Ryan is a regular contributor to Craft Spirits Magazine, Artisan Spirit, VinePair and SevenFiftyDaily. Malkin Law is also counsel to the American Craft Spirits Association, Florida Craft Spirits Association and Cannabis Beverage Association. Ryan was named one of Wine Enthusiast magazine’s 2022 “Future 40” and Imbibe 75 as one of the most influential people in the alcohol beverage industry.
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About Erica Duecy, host:
Erica Duecy is co-founder of Business of Drinks, a podcast and content consultancy, and one of the drinks industry’s most accomplished digital and content strategists. She has built publishing and marketing programs for Drizly, VinePair, SevenFifty, and other hospitality and drinks tech companies. She also has led digital editorial teams at Architectural Digest and Saveur magazines. Her content, podcast, and video programs have won more than 40 digital and editorial awards. She is a WSET Advanced-certified wine and spirits communicator, and author of the cocktail book Storied Sips (Random House), about the real-life stories behind the world’s most famous cocktails.
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About Felicity Carter, host:
Felicity Carter is a well-known journalist and editor based in Europe. She is co-founder of Business of Drinks, the Editorial Director of ARENI Global in London, International Editor of Star Wine List in Sweden, and a contributing editor to The New Wine Review. Formerly, she was founding Executive Editor for The Drop, and Editor-in-Chief of Meininger’s Wine Business International, a trade magazine she built into a global must-read, with subscribers in 38 countries. She has consulted to the Dutch government and to Liv-ex, and been the keynote speaker at the wine industry’s biggest conferences and events, from New York and Sydney to Hong Kong.
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