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CITIES CRACK DOWN ON FOOD SERVICE

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Retailers licensed to sell food and alcohol may be at risk of losing their licenses as cities crack down on what constitutes adequate food service.  Under Massachusetts law, any license issued for the sale of alcohol at a “restaurant” will not be renewed if a licensee fails to show he is in good Continue Reading...
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THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF BREWERY LICENSES IN MASSACHUSETTS

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  In order to legally produce and sell beer commercially, a brewer must be authorized to operate by obtaining both national and state approval.  The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau issues “TTB permits,” granting approval of a brewer’s operations on the national level.  All types of commercial brewers qualify for the same Continue Reading...
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BREW ON PREMISE – WHAT’S THE STATUS?

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  In Massachusetts, a brewer producing beer for mere personal or family use, and not for sale, does not need any license to do so.  Should the brewer intend to brew and sell its beer commercially however, licenses are needed at both the national level, through the Alcoholic and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Continue Reading...
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CRAFT BREWERS MAKE ANOTHER RUN AT LIMITING THE LAW AGAINST TERMINATING A WHOLESALER-DISTRIBUTOR

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  Under Massachusetts law, G.L. c. 138, sec. 25E, a brewer, winery or distillery cannot terminate a Massachusetts wholesaler that has carried and distributed that manufacturer’s brand absent “good cause,” which can be difficult to prove.  (See our related Article “Legal Issues Involved When Alcoholic Beverage Suppliers Attempt to Terminate Brand Shipments to Wholesalers Continue Reading...
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TRANSFERRING CONTROL OVER YOUR LICENSED BUSINESS WITHOUT APPROVAL CAN RENDER SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Under Massachusetts law, any individual or corporation may transfer any existing alcoholic beverages license held under ch. 138 to another individual or corporation, provided that the local licensing authority and the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (“ABCC”) approves the requested transfer. When licensed businesses transfer managerial duties or other privileges of a license to Continue Reading...
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