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ABCC Releases Its Decision Against Craft Brewer’s Guild in Pay-to-Play Controversy

The ABCC just released its decision against Craft Brewer’s Guild in the Pay-to-Play Controversy, click here to read the full decision....
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The Case Against Dismantling The Liquor License Quota System

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  In Massachusetts, pursuant to state law, the number of liquor licenses towns and cities are authorized to issue is capped at a certain number based upon that municipality’s population.  Essentially, the law provides that one all alcoholic beverages pouring license may be issued for every thousand people in that municipality. Yet, not all Continue Reading...
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10 NEW FULL VALUE BOSTON ALL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSES SURE TO GO QUICK

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Contained within an “Economic Development Bill” signed by then Governor Patrick in August 2014, the Massachusetts Legislature amended Chapter 138 of the Massachusetts General Laws, the state’s Liquor License Act, and allowed the City of Boston to issue 75 new liquor licenses, 25 of which were to be available in September 2014; 25 Continue Reading...
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Tap Room Issues for Breweries

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Applicants for brewery licenses and existing breweries in Massachusetts have come to see so-called “tap rooms” as a valuable source of potential or actual income for their business, and a great way to promote the brewery and the brand. However, both applicants and existing breweries should be aware of the licensing structure that Continue Reading...
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New Bill Proposal May Make It Easier for Restaurants and Liquor Stores to Accept Out-of-State ID’s

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C. Currently in Massachusetts, restaurants and liquor stores are losing out on potential sales from tourists and other out-of-state visitors as a result of the stringent restrictions for accepting out-of-state licenses to prove a potential customer is twenty-one years or older. Pursuant to Section 34B of Chapter 138, a licensed retailer may only “reasonably Continue Reading...
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