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Alternating Proprietorships: What are they?

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Ordinarily, a brewery that produces beer under its own name and at its own licensed facility. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (“TTB”), however, recognizes two distinct forms of brewing operations in which more than one entity is involved: contract brewing, and an alternating proprietorship. The more familiar of the two, Continue Reading...
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WHEN APPLYING FOR A NEW LIQUOR LICENSE CAN YOUR COMPETITORS OBJECT?

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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DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS IN MASSACHUSETTS FOR THOSE HOLDING AN INTEREST IN A LIQUOR LICENSE

The Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Obtaining a retail on premise or off premise liquor license in Massachusetts requires full disclosure of all officers, directors and LLC managers of the licensee entity and every individual with a direct or indirect, beneficial or financial interest in the licensed business. G.L. c. 138, §15A and 204 CMR 2.01(6). Each license Continue Reading...
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Charity Wine License – Fill the Glass to Fill the Coffer

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Charitable organizations seeking to host fundraising 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...
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HOSTING AN OPEN BAR, CAUTIOUSLY

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  Hosting an open bar can be a great way to revitalize a stagnant restaurant business or entice partygoers to celebrate the New Year, but for liquor licensees it presents pitfalls and potential liability unless proper measures are implemented to ensure compliance with the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission’s (“ABCC”) controlling regulations. The ABCC has Continue Reading...
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