Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverage License Types

If you’re thinking about opening a business involving the manufacture, distribution, or sale of alcoholic beverages within Massachusetts, you will need to acquire an alcoholic beverage license from the State’s alcohol licensing agency - the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission (and sometimes from the federal government and/or local licensing authority, depending on the business). Acquiring such a license can be a consuming process, taxing both time and money, but with the proper planning you can make sure it goes down as easy as your favorite after-work drink.

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A Not-So-Surprising Shift in the Massachusetts Brewing Industry

Night Shift Brewing, one of the more successful and entrepreneurial breweries in Massachusetts,  is set to launch their own beer distribution company. Based in in Everett, Night Shift has built their brand from the ground up. They developed an allegiance of customer support that travels near and far to their taproom in order to enjoy their wildly popular beers. In 2014 they moved into a 30,000 square foot facility in Everett with a large taproom. Their beers became so popular that they recently opened an expanded taproom area to accommodate the nightly influx of eager patrons. During this time, the brewery has always self-distributed its own product. Weary of the long-term relationship that is created once entering into a distribution arrangement with a wholesaler, they opted for full control with potentially less reach while building their brand. 

 

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UPDATE: REGULATING ALTERNATING PROPRIETORSHIP BREWING ARRANGEMENTS IN MASSACHUSETTS

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.

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