Category Archives: Beverage Blog


Charity Wine License – Fill the Glass to Fill the Coffer

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Charitable organizations seeking to host fundraiser events deriving proceeds from the sale of wine is a great way to attract donors, but the charity must comply with alcoholic beverage licensing requirements and applicable regulations. The sale of wine at a charitable fundraiser falls within two distinct categories – Charity Wine Auction License (“CWAL”) Continue Reading...

Boston to Receive 75 New Licenses Under Proposed Legislation

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Contained within a lengthy “economic development” bill, a State House Committee on July 29, 2014 released a proposed revision to Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 138, which will, among other things, authorize the City of Boston to issue up to 75 new liquor licenses over the next three years. Under this new bill, the Continue Reading...

The Dangers of Serving Alcohol to Customers With Out of State I.D.’s

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Tourism supports over 100,000 jobs in Massachusetts and contributes over $1 billion in state and local taxes. An out of state visitor attempting to enjoy an alcoholic beverage in the Commonwealth, however, may be surprised when their driver’s license is not accepted at a bar or package store because while many Massachusetts retail Continue Reading...

Management Agreements – Use Caution

 Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: A restaurant, bar or hotel holding a liquor license may seek to delegate management responsibilities to another individual or entity through a contractual relationship, known as a management or operating agreement. This agreement requires approval from the local licensing authorities and Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (the “ABCC”), typically drawing substantial scrutiny from such Continue Reading...


Law Offices of John P Connell, P.C.: In January 2015, Massachusetts will become the most recent State to allow direct shipment of wines to consumers with the recent passage of the 2015 Massachusetts Budget. Section 61B of the 2015 Budget includes the new direct shipping provision which will be codified in Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 138, § 19F. The new Continue Reading...
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