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MA Franchise Task Force on Fast Track

Legislation to create a task force of brewers, distributors and political appointees to work out differences on franchise law reform, specifically when and how a brewer can exit a distribution arrangement, has cleared the Senate. …More

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MA Trade Practice Violations Ruling

The state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission handed down a 90-day license suspension to distributor Craft Brewers Guild for violations of state rules against offering inducements to retailers. Craft Brewers Guild opted to pay a …More

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Growler Bill Advances in MA

Passing committee consideration, House Bill 3726 seeks to allow pub brewers and farmer brewers the ability to fill empty growlers, provided by consumers for retail sale, if said growler was purchased for the purpose of …More

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Latest in Massachusetts “Pay-to-Play” Investigation

In the latest development of the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) investigation into anti-competitive actions, so-called “pay-to-play” practices, five Boston bars have been cited. Previously, the ABCC had issued a notice alleging that distributor …More

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Trade Practice Allegations Released in Mass.

Following an investigation into possible trade practice violations, The Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) has issued a notice alleging that a distributor, Craft Beer Guild LLC, has violated state rules against offering inducements to retailers …More

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