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Brewery insurance for your business needs.

Owning a brewery can present unique risks. Specialty brewery insurance combines elements of liquor liability insurance, property insurance, and general business insurance to develop one, simpler policy.

Insurance as unique as the beer you brew.

Getting adequate insurance for your brewery can feel like an overwhelming process, but a specialty policy can take the stress out of the situation. The key is choosing an insurer that understands the specific needs and risks you face and then offers a complete, customized package. You also need to remember some elements that are easy to overlook.

The risks your brewery faces.

The insurance your brewery needs depends on a variety of factors, including the size of your brewery operations, whether you serve food, if you give tours, or if you host events on your property. All of these elements come into play in addition to the brewing, selling, and serving of beer, which is why properly covering your risks is essential.

 

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The importance of liquor liability coverage.

For example, as an alcohol producer, you need a liquor liability policy. This covers you against claims of damage caused by people who’ve consumed your brew. No matter how tenuous such claims may be, defending them can be a costly process.

How insurance benefits your brewery.

You must also make sure that your property insurance covers not just damage or destruction of equipment and stock, but also any lost profits, particularly if you’re out of action for a while. It’s also worth exploring options for coverage against having to withdraw or recall stock if you discover a safety risk or potential contamination.

The business side of your brewery.

And don’t forget other general business insurance elements such as workers’ compensation, employee claims, and liability for visitors to your premises.

For more details on how specialized insurance can help protect your brewery, contact us today.

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Environmental Liability

Risk Factor

Environmental liability exposures are not just for oil companies, nuclear power plants, and industrial mining operations. Breweries have wastewater and waste management concerns. Depending on the location of the brewery, previous use of property may also be an issue.

Solution

Strict liability laws apply to the brewing industry. Court-ordered injunctions, fines, and cleanup costs can be crippling. Almost all commercial liability policies contain some type of pollution exclusion. Coverage exists for this exposure through a standalone policy.

Business Auto Insurance

Risk Factor

An auto accident can cause bodily injury or property damage to others for which you are responsible, potentially putting your business in financial jeopardy.

Solution

Business auto insurance provides coverage for vehicles owned or leased by a commercial enterprise and provides coverage for bodily injury, property damage, and other coverages, and includes both comprehensive and collision coverage.

Premises Liability

Risk Factor

What happens when your business faces a large liability loss that exceeds the basic limit of your standard policy?

Solution

Be sure your policy has liability coverage that includes tenants legal liability or premises liability. Your landlord may require that you to have this type of insurance protection in place as a requirement before renting the property to you.

Crime

Risk Factor

What do you do if one of your trusted employees is found guilty of doing something dishonest as it relates to his or her work with you?

Solution

Strict liability laws apply to the brewing industry. Court-ordered injunctions, fines, and cleanup costs can be crippling. Almost all commercial liability policies contain some type of pollution exclusion. Coverage e

Crime coverage can be obtained in your commercial property insurance policy, but coverage is very limited. Consider a standalone policy as well.

xists for this exposure through a standalone policy.

Cyber Liability

Risk Factor
Just about all businesses rely on technology in some way; it’s increasingly used to store sensitive information, such as credit cards, passwords, and social security numbers. However, you’re at risk if this information is lost, stolen, or compromised. In fact, you may even be legally obligated to alert those impacted by the breach and possibly pay for any financial loss incurred.
Solution
Experiencing a data breach is often not a question of if but when. Securing a cyber liability policy can offer coverage for expenses associated with compliance regarding data breach notification laws, securing legal counsel to advise on incident response, credit monitoring services, and paying for regulatory defense, as well as penalties arising from privacy law violations.

Bonds

Risk Factor

If a bonded brewery fails to pay taxes appropriately, the bond amount can be used to pay the owed taxes as well as any other fees that might accompany the unfulfilled payment.

Solution

The brewer’s bond is the cost of admission. They are known by a number of names; alcohol tax bonds, liquor license bonds, ATF bonds, and TTB bonds, but they all perform the same function. Government agencies that regulate breweries require bonds to ensure all taxes are paid appropriately. A knowledgeable insurance provider can help you navigate the bonding process.

Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI)

Risk Factor

On average, it’s estimated that three out of five businesses will be sued by their employees. While there is nothing you can do to prevent someone from filing a lawsuit, there is something you can do to limit the costs of defending a legal claim.

Solution

Obtain employment practices liability insurance to protect your business and its directors, officers, and employees from alleged employment-related acts such as wrongful termination, failure to promote, discrimination, and sexual harassment.

Supply Chain

Risk Factor

As the brewing industry grows, supplies may become increasingly difficult or competitive to acquire. Making sure you have the adequate amount of Chinook hops for your spring seasonal can be the difference between having product to sell or not.

Solution

Diversifying suppliers, maintaining dialogue with back-up suppliers, monitoring the resource environment, and negotiating forward contracts can prevent disruption in production. Insurance coverage for contingent business income can be also obtained.

Spoilage, Contamination, and Product Recall

Risk Factor

If a batch of beer is contaminated or in some way unfit to serve, breweries have much to lose, including the cost of additional materials, production time, disposal of product, and loss of revenue. If the batch makes it to store shelves, it becomes even more costly, both in direct revenue and brand reputation.

Solution

Seek coverage for spoilage, contamination, and product recall to help offset the costs associated with these events.

Equipment Failure

Risk Factor

There is a high risk of equipment breakdown in the brewery business. When machines don’t work, beer can’t be brewed. You lose valuable time and profits while repairs are being made.

Solution

Mechanical breakdown is typically not covered under a commercial property insurance policy. Rather, obtaining systems breakdown coverage addresses this exposure.

Property Damage Coverage

Risk Factor

When involved in an auto accident, you and your family may be financially responsible for any damage caused by your vehicle to someone else’s property. The amount required, if any, can vary by state.

Solution

The property damage portion of your auto insurance policy protects you if your car damages someone else’s property, such as another car, a fence, or a building. In some instances, you may be able to choose your coverage limit, or it may be a standard amount dictated by the insurer or local laws.

Liquor Liability

Risk Factor
Any establishment that sells, serves, or assists in the purchase or use of liquor is open to a liability claim as a consequence of someone getting inebriated to the extent that injuries or property damage result.
Solution
If you are in the business of selling or serving alcohol, it is critical that you protect yourself from potential financial losses by obtaining a liquor liability insurance policy. Having the right policy in place could help cover your legal costs, court fees, and any civil or criminal damages stemming from an incident involving liquor.

Workers' Compensation

Risk Factor

If one of your employees receives an injury or becomes ill due to a work-related occurrence, you are required by law to have the proper coverage in place.

Solution

Workers’ compensation protects your employees should a job-related injury or sickness occur during the course of employment. This coverage is required by law, so be sure that you understand your obligations.

Special Events

Risk Factor

Breweries often participate in numerous events throughout the year. Many insurance policies contain what’s known as a designated premises endorsement. At a high level, this limits coverage to the premise named on the policy (the brewery). Participating in Craft Beer Expo or 5k Fun Run? Liability associated with events like those may not be covered.

Solution

Make sure you have coverage that extends to any events in which you wish to participate.