This morning we submitted our application for a Type 23 Small Beer Manufacturer License with the California Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC). I picked up the appllication from a local office a few weeks ago and made an appointment to come in today to submit the application. Pretty simple process. Just sit there while the clerk goes through the application asking us to sign here and there. We also received our public notice poster which has to be posted up for 30 days. So it's up. We also had to go to a place to get fingerprinted digitally through Live Scan.
This morning I also began my DBA ("Doing Business As") application to the State so I can have a fictitious business name or trade name of "Monkish Brewing Co." rather than always needing to use "Monkish Brewing Co. LLC."
I also think I found an insurance agency for our liability insurance – thanks again to Rob at El Segundo Brewing Company for the recommendation.
Our ABC license can be viewed on the ABC license query system.
I decided not to apply for my DBA. When I was working on my application I was informed that I could not have a DBA ending in "Co." or "Company." I wanted to get a DBA to drop the "LLC" at the end of the business' legal name, but it seems I can't. I called a lawyer friend and he said I would be okay to use the business name without "LLC" for marketing purposes and such, but for more legal stuff I should just use the full name with "LLC."
BTW, for the formation of my LLC, I used legalzoom.com.
So time is drawing near the 30-day mark since my submission and I have not received any correspondence from the ABC office. I have called in to speak to the assigned case investigator and left a voice message. Howver, after many attempts I still have not heard back. I spoke to a supervisor this morning and was told that they would contact me if there was something wrong with the application. So silence is good. However, it would be nice to get an update to be sure that the application is not being held up and just sitting there.
Also the ABC's turn around time is looking like 60-90 days. Not sure how that will affect things.