A few weeks ago, the Massachusetts House of Representatives adopted an amendment during their budget deliberations that would have further regulated tenant brewing, otherwise known as alternating proprietorship arrangements, by adding a new "Tenant Brewing License" under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 138, Section 19G. Tenant brewing is typically when brewers without a home (a brick and mortar brewery) use an existing brewery to manufacture their beer (read more about the details here). The Massachusetts Senate offered the same amendment during their budget deliberations but did not adopt it.
So, what does that mean? Well, as a little background that I did not include in my last post - in Massachusetts, legislators often try to get laws passed by tacking it onto the budget, therefore making it easier to become a law in what otherwise would be more difficult to pass as a stand-alone bill. Both the House and the Senate produce their own version of each year's fiscal budget and, inevitably, there are differences. To reconcile, several Democrats and Republics from both the House and Senate are selected to form whats called a Conference Committee to hash out the differences (more Democrats than Republicans because this is Massachusetts). The final version is then sent to Governor Baker where he can line-item veto and then sign into law. So in this case, since the budget amendment was passed in the House but not in the Senate, we will have to wait and see what the conference committee comes up with.
And the waiting game continues...
Read our legal guide for opening a brewery in Massachusetts for more step by step information