Category Archives: Beverage Blog

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The Massachusetts Franchise Law and Introducing “New Brands” – Do They Have To Go To Your Wholesaler?

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: As most wineries, breweries, distilleries and importers are aware, once a manufacturer of alcoholic beverages has regularly placed a particular “brand” with a Massachusetts wholesaler within the last six months, it cannot refuse to sell that “brand” to that wholesaler pursuant to G.L. c. 138, §25E in the absence of a written contract Continue Reading...
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Paint Nite Boom Generates A New Spin on Consumer Entertainment

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:   When it comes to providing entertainment at bars and restaurants, a new form of entertainment is catching fire in and around Boston; so-called “Paint Nite” and other types of educational events that mix socialization, food, drinks and learning. “Paint Nite” in specific has become a very popular attraction for bars and restaurants: painting Continue Reading...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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