Category Archives: Beverage Blog



Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: In December 2016, the ABCC released its decision In Re: Codman Square Liquors (December 16, 2016) wherein the ABCC disapproved the City of Boston’s imposition of a “no nips or singles” condition on a Section 15 liquor store license transfer between a liquor store operating for 35 years in Dorchester and the buyer’s Continue Reading...

Somerville Awash In New Liquor Licenses

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: As perhaps a harbinger of things to come across the rest of Massachusetts should the state legislature ever eliminate the current quota system for liquor licenses which makes only a certain number of licenses available to each city and town, the City of Somerville is about to become awash with new liquor licenses. Continue Reading...

Craft Brewers Seeking To Create Their Own Wholesale Companies And By-Pass Traditional Distributors With Their Franchise Entanglements

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: As reported in today’s Boston Globe, Night Shift Brewing Company of Everett, a farmer-brewer licensed pursuant to G.L. c. 138, section 19C, has commenced its own wholesaler business pursuant to G.L. c. 138, Section 18, so as to avoid using the more established wholesalers/distributors in Massachusetts. Such traditional brewer-wholesaler distribution arrangements reduce significantly Continue Reading...

Regulators Of Alcoholic Beverages Can Be Found Individually Liable When Interfering With Constitutional Right To Free Commercial Speech

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Free speech prevailed for Maryland’s Flying Dog Brewery in its recent six-year battle with the Michigan Liquor Control Commission. Back in 2009 when the brewery released it’s new Belgian-style IPA called “Raging Bitch,” the Michigan Liquor Control Commission quickly banned it from being sold in the state. The Commission considered “Raging Bitch” to Continue Reading...

Towns And Cities Putting The Squeeze On Nips

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Towns and cities in Massachusetts such as Framingham and Wareham in recent years have debated whether to impose municipal wide regulations that would ban the sale of so-called “nips” from liquor stores operating within those communities. Nips (a term derived from the word “nipperkin,” meaning a unit of liquid measurement containing less than Continue Reading...
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