Horack Talley law firm launching beer, wine and spirits group

Horack Talley has long wanted to help you win your corporate or family law case. Now it wants to help you sell cases of beer.

The uptown law firm said Thursday that it has created a new group focused on beer, wine and spirits. The two-lawyer team will help aspiring alcohol-makers to incorporate their business, navigate permits and licenses, find real estate, and bring on employees.

Naturally, attorneys Phillip Lewis and Michael Tarwater Jr. hatched the idea while drinking a few brews.

“There’s a lot of rules and regulations and minutiae,” Tarwater said. “From federal law to state law to county law, you’ve got to go through all these different levels and layers to figure out what you need to do.”

Tarwater said the group has been in the works since November. And it comes as Charlotte and North Carolina’s craft beer scene has grown dramatically.

More than a half-dozen craft brewers call Charlotte home. Large craft brewers Sierra Nevada and New Belgium have both said they will start operations in Asheville. Meanwhile, Charlotte economic developers are also lobbying to land the new East Coast brewery for California-based Stone Brewing Co.

Tarwater said Horack Talley has already brought on a few clients but is still looking to market itself to the beer, wine and spirits industry.

The law firm will be a sponsor of the North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival near Huntersville in May.