Tag Archives: Massachusetts


The Perils of Not Renewing Your License After A Suspension or Revocation

Law Offices of John Connell, P.C.: The ABCC has released two recent decisions demonstrating that a licensee who has a suspended or revoked license must still renew the license in November of the same calendar year in order to pursue an appeal at the ABCC for that discipline during the succeeding year. While it may seem counterintuitive to file an Continue Reading...


Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: In the wake of the ABCC’s recent decision against the Craft Brewers Guild in the so-called “pay-to-play” investigation, another proscribed practice by manufacturers and wholesalers has also been addressed by the regulators: the practice of providing liquor stores with shelf plans or schematics that go beyond just a stand-alone marketing tool. On February Continue Reading...

The Case Against Dismantling The Liquor License Quota System

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.:  In Massachusetts, pursuant to state law, the number of liquor licenses towns and cities are authorized to issue is capped at a certain number based upon that municipality’s population.  Essentially, the law provides that one all alcoholic beverages pouring license may be issued for every thousand people in that municipality. Yet, not all Continue Reading...

Tap Room Issues for Breweries

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: Applicants for brewery licenses and existing breweries in Massachusetts have come to see so-called “tap rooms” as a valuable source of potential or actual income for their business, and a great way to promote the brewery and the brand. However, both applicants and existing breweries should be aware of the licensing structure that Continue Reading...

ABCC Issues New Policies Relating to Liquor License Applications

Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: On August 26, 2015, the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (“ABCC”) issued a Memorandum On License Application Forms . Copy of the Memorandum can be found here. Under these new guidelines, in an effort to “streamline the retail alcoholic beverages application process,” the ABCC has now announced a few significant changes in policy Continue Reading...
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