REGULATING ALTERNATING PROPRIETORSHIP BREWING ARRANGEMENTS IN MASSACHUSETTS

The Massachusetts House of Representatives recently finished deliberating its version of the 2017 fiscal budget and some interesting changes to brewing regulations could be on its way. The House adopted Amendment #805 that would further regulate tenant brewing, otherwise known as alternating proprietorship arrangements, by adding a new “Tenant Brewer License” under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 138, Section 19G.

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MUNICIPALITIES COULD RECEIVE AUTONOMY OVER LIQUOR LICENSE CAP

The cost of obtaining a liquor license and starting a restaurant business in Massachusetts could be significantly reduced under a proposal by Governor Charlie Baker that would grant municipalities autonomy over how many liquor licenses they can issue, which is great unless you already own one.

Many cities and towns have reached their limit as to how many licenses they can issue. Massachusetts authorizes most localities the authority to issue a certain number of licenses based upon the municipality’s population (except for Boston and a few others). Once that limit is reached, a license can only be acquired in certain circumstances.

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