Category Archives: Beverage Blog


Craft Industry Boom Ties Up the TTB

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Filing an Application with the TTB for a Basic Permit, Brewery, Distillery or Winery Permit can be a daunting task with all of the documents and information required, but even when the application is finally ready for submission, trying to move the application through the TTB can be even more frustrating due to Continue Reading...

Applying for a Wholesaler Liquor License

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.  In Massachusetts, a wholesaler is a person or business that purchases alcoholic beverages from manufacturers, such as breweries, wineries, and distilleries, and then sells those alcoholic beverages at a markup price to retailers, such as restaurants and liquor stores. The wholesaler occupies the middle tier of the three-tier system used here in Massachusetts and Continue Reading...

Refilling Those Growlers

Law Offices of John Connell, P.C.: The Massachusetts’ legislature is currently trying to clarify the issue of whether Massachusetts’ farmer-brewers and brewpubs may fill growlers purchased at other breweries or provided by their consumers on their own. Currently in Massachusetts, farmer brewers and pub breweries are prohibited as a matter of ABCC policy from filling any growler that does not Continue Reading...

The Ins-And-Outs of One Day Licenses

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: One-day alcoholic beverage licenses are a suitable option for those wishing to sell alcoholic beverages at a special event, but who are not otherwise licensed to do so. Pursuant to Mass. Gen. Laws. Ch. 138, § 14, a Special License, or so-called “one-day license,” may be issued by the local licensing authority (“LLA”) Continue Reading...

Restaurants Caught Purchasing Alcohol From Liquor Stores Suffer High Sanctions

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Is a 30-day liquor license suspension too harsh for restaurant owners? In a recent ABCC decision captioned In Re: Demosthenes Greek-American Democratic Club of Ma, the Alcoholic Beverages Control Committee (ABCC) found this establishment in violation of 204 CMR 2.05 (2), permitting illegality on the premises; that being a restaurant’s purchase of alcoholic Continue Reading...
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