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<br /> october 31, 2011 • vol. 27 • No. 31 • $9.00<br /> www.texaslawyer.com<br /> Michael Peticolas<br /> Beer<br /> Wars<br /> Toil and Trouble May<br /> Lead Brewers to Victory in<br /> Alcoholic Beverage Battles<br /> by JOHN COUNCIL<br /> jcouncil@alm.com<br /> Michael Peticolas capped off his law<br /> practice last year so he could do what he<br /> really loves: brew fresh craft beer and<br /> sell it to bars. But he is finding out that<br /> the law is as important an ingredient in<br /> his business recipe as hops and barley.<br /> And, thanks to his own lawyering and the<br /> work of some kindred spirits in Austin,<br /> the legal landscape for Lone Star State<br /> brewers might just change.<br /> A combination of city, state and federal<br /> laws — some dating back to the Pro-<br /> hibition era — come into play when an<br /> entrepreneur sets up a brewery, Peticolas<br /> says. 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