On this week’s show, Louisiana Eats looks at the place where the law intersects with food and drink. The topic’s not as dry as you might expect—especially when it comes to liquor and law!
We begin with attorney Philip Greene. By day, he serves as Trademark and Internet Counsel for the U.S. Marine Corps, based in the Pentagon. Philip’s probably better known, however, as a cocktail enthusiast and historian. He’s a founding member of the Museum of the American Cocktail and has written several books on the the high-proof drink. We discuss intellectual property with Philip, and the different forms that businesses have used to protect their brands.
Dylan Lintern, President and COO of NOLA Brewing, joins us next. He tells us a harrowing tale of legal troubles so big that Godzilla himself played a major role. The litigious experience was the inspiration behind the name of the brewery’s award-winning Hoppyright Infringement IIPA.
Then, we hear from our resident food lawyer, founder of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, Liz Williams. Liz demystifies just what life as a food lawyer might entail and discusses her personal experience with this growing legal specialty.
Finally, we speak with environmental chemist turned absinthe distiller from New Orleans, Ted Breaux, who explains his pivotal role in the legalization of absinthe in the United States by challenging misconceptions with scientific evidence and a dogged perseverance.
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