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BREW ON PREMISE – WHAT’S THE STATUS?

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  In Massachusetts, a brewer producing beer for mere personal or family use, and not for sale, does not need any license to do so.  Should the brewer intend to brew and sell its beer commercially however, licenses are needed at both the national level, through the Alcoholic and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Continue Reading...
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CRAFT BREWERS MAKE ANOTHER RUN AT LIMITING THE LAW AGAINST TERMINATING A WHOLESALER-DISTRIBUTOR

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  Under Massachusetts law, G.L. c. 138, sec. 25E, a brewer, winery or distillery cannot terminate a Massachusetts wholesaler that has carried and distributed that manufacturer’s brand absent “good cause,” which can be difficult to prove.  (See our related Article “Legal Issues Involved When Alcoholic Beverage Suppliers Attempt to Terminate Brand Shipments to Wholesalers Continue Reading...
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THE COMING BATTLE BETWEEN CRAFT BREWERS AND MASS PRODUCERS OVER LABELING

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:   In the business of distributing of alcoholic beverages, branding means everything.  Manufacturers such as wineries, distilleries and breweries spend a great deal of money every year acquiring, maintaining and protecting their brand labels.  Their labels are the only thing that differentiates them from competition, as products are sold in almost universally undistinguishable containers Continue Reading...
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ISSUES THAT ARISE WHEN RENEWING A LIQUOR LICENSE IN MASSACHUSETTS

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  Pursuant to their statutory creation, alcoholic beverage licenses in Massachusetts only exist for the calendar year for which they were issued, and then expire on December 31 of that year unless properly renewed.  If a liquor license is not properly renewed at the end of a calendar year pursuant to a relatively easy Continue Reading...
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MASSACHUSETTS CRAFT BREWERIES HOPING TO BOLSTER SALES AT FARMER’S MARKETS

Law offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  The Coastal Wine Trail of South Eastern New England, comprised of nine wineries located along the New England coastline, has been celebrating the beginning of wine season by hosting an annual kick-off event.  Each year, one of the nine wineries host the event and is able to showcase and sell their wine, while Continue Reading...
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