Category Archives: Beverage Blog


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...

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...

New FDA Regulations Could Cost Breweries

Law Offices of John Connell, P.C.: New U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations will soon require chain restaurants with 20 or more locations to display the nutritional information on their menus (or make such information available upon request by the customer) by December 1, 2016, including nutritional information for alcoholic beverages sold by these “national chains.” Such required information Continue Reading...

ABCC Issues its Report on Pay-to-Play Allegations

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: On September 2, 2015, the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (“ABCC”) issued its “Violation Report” on the so-called “pay-to-play” allegations in the Massachusetts alcoholic beverages industry, which has been investigated by the ABCC since October 2014. In its report, the full content of which can be read here, the ABCC does not issue any violations Continue Reading...

ABCC Issues New Policies Relating to Liquor License Applications

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: On August 26, 2015, the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (“ABCC”) issued a Memorandum On License Application Forms . Copy of the Memorandum can be found here. Under these new guidelines, in an effort to “streamline the retail alcoholic beverages application process,” the ABCC has now announced a few significant changes in policy Continue Reading...
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