Tag Archives: John P. Connell


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...

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...

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...

The New Direct Shipping License: Pros And Cons

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: In July 2014, the Massachusetts legislature amended M.G.L. c. 138, § 19F in its entirety, and created a new type of license known as a “Direct Wine Shipper License,” that authorizes wineries holding such a license to sell and ship up to 12 cases of their wine a year per consumer directly to Continue Reading...


The Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  The ABCC recently issued a decision that held that the City of Chicopee erred in refusing to grant a petition to transfer a license to a new proposed location that would have been operated by BJ’s Wholesalers. The license had been exercised for over 20 years by Winn Liquors, Inc., at a location Continue Reading...
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