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LEGISLATURE PASSES MRA BACKED CATERERS LIQUOR LICENSE BILL

Massachusetts caterers gained a victory at the State House when their Massachusetts Restaurant Association sponsored proposal passed both the Senate and House of Representatives on July 26, 2012.  The Bill authorizes the ABCC to issue a new category of liquor license – an “annual caterers license” – for the purchase of alcohol from wholesalers, storage, transportation and sale at private Continue Reading...
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CHANGE IN MASSACHUSETTS LAW LETS WINERIES SELL WINE AT FARMER’S MARKETS AND AGRICULTURAL EVENTS

The Coastal Wine Trail of South Eastern New England, an appellation of nine wineries located along the New England coastline, holds a kick-off event each year to celebrate the beginning of wine season.  Traditionally, one of the nine wineries hosts the event and sells its wines, while the other wineries provide tastings of their wines without the opportunity to offer Continue Reading...
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WHAT CONSTITUTES AN ILLEGAL DRINK SPECIAL?

It is well known among patrons of Massachusetts bars that “Happy Hour” is an after-work concept that does not exist in the Commonwealth.  Discounted drinks for a period in the afternoon cannot be found as restaurants and bars are prohibited, under Massachusetts law, from offering time-sensitive discounted alcoholic beverages. Regulation 204 CMR 4.03(1) prohibits certain practices, including making drinks available Continue Reading...
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BREWER – DISTILLER COLLABORATION RESULTS IN BURNT BEER AND WHISKEY

Burning beer to make whiskey? An interesting collaboration between alcoholic beverage manufacturer licensee and farmer-distillery licensee has resulted in just that.  The Boston Beer Co. announced its joint effort with Berkshire Mountain Distillers Inc. to formulate 500 gallons of two varieties of barrel-aged whiskey, deriving from Sam Adams Boston Lager and a limited-edition brew, entitled Cinder Bock.  The spirits are Continue Reading...
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Restaurant Lobbyists Prevail On Revising Legislative Ban Against Doctors Being Wined & Dined

Nearly four years ago, Massachusetts passed a broad state law entitled the Act to Promote Cost Containment, Transparency and Efficiency in the Delivery of Quality Health Care—with the objective of curbing healthcare costs. The Act, pragmatically, resulted in a statewide ban against drug companies from giving items of value, including meals, to doctors. Meals were only permitted if provided during Continue Reading...
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