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Relaxation of Retail Rules Fails in Maine

After passing the House, Senate Bill 563 has died in the Senate. The bill sought to allow a manufacturer with a retail license to also sell its products for consumption off the premises of …More

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Maine Sampling Bill Becomes Law

Becoming law without the Governor’s signature, Senate Bill 562 authorizes any person licensed as a manufacturer of malt liquor or wine to give a retail licensee samples of malt liquor and wine.

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Sales and Transfer Abilities Bill Fails in Maine

Failing to advance from committee, S.B. 563 sought to allow a manufacturer of spirits, wine or malt liquor with a retail license to sell its products for off premises consumption without the licensed premises being …More

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Sales and Transfer Abilities Expanded in Maine

S.B. 563 would allow a manufacturer of spirits, wine or malt liquor with a retail license to sell its products for consumption off the premises of that manufacturer without the licensed premises being physically separated …More

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Sampling Expansion Proposed in Maine

S.B. 562 would allow any manufacturer licensed by the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to give a retail licensee samples of malt liquor and wine. Current law …More

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Maine Auction Donations Authorized

Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 424 provides that manufacturers and wholesalers may donate malt liquor, wine or spirits to be used as prizes or for auctions to public broadcasting stations, incorporated civic organizations and …More

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Maine Brewery Cider Manufacture Fails

Failing to advance from committee, House Bill 431 sought to allow the holder of a brewery or small brewery license to manufacture hard cider.

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Growler-related Legislation Fails in Maine

Failing to advance from committee, H.B. 744 sought to remove the requirement that the bottles breweries or small breweries use to sell malt liquor for off-premises consumption from their licensed on-premises establishment, typically half-gallon containers, …More

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Maine Bill Addresses Kombucha

S.B. 293 seeks to exempt kombucha, a fermented tea-based drink, from the excise tax imposed on malt liquor, low-alcohol spirits, wine and hard cider.

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