Liquor License Quotas: Supply, Demand, and Value

Liquor License Supply and Demand

The concept of limiting liquor licenses with a quota system resulted from the repeal of Prohibition and governing bodies’ desire to continue exerting some control over the process. (For more on Prohibition, see “Understanding Alcohol Regulation” and “Alcohol Deregulation Problems.”) Currently, 17 states still issue liquor licenses based on a quota system. These states include […]

Liquor Licenses and Economic Development, Part 2

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Earlier this week, in reviewing the idea that liquor licenses automatically spur economic development, we reviewed some of the issues surrounding the special liquor licenses granted in Pennsylvania outside its quota system for economic development. Similar provisions are in place in Michigan. Redevelopment Liquor Licenses In 2006, in an effort to generate and promote commercial […]

Liquor Licenses and Economic Development, Part 1

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In the last few weeks, we’ve looked at the issue of overhauling the liquor license quota system in Massachusetts. Those who believe the quota system in Massachusetts should be abolished view liquor licenses and economic development as going hand in hand. (See “Lifting Liquor License Caps in Massachusetts.”) The same argument is being made in […]

Direct-to-Consumer Wine Shipments

direct to consumer wine shipments

The Internet in general (and Amazon.com more specifically) has changed the way we shop: order online and get the shipment to your door. It’s not that easy with direct-to-consumer wine shipments, but Massachusetts may become the next state to allow it. In Massachusetts, the current law restricts larger out-of-state wineries (producing in excess of 30,000 […]

Exploding Wine Bottles

exploding wine bottles

Sparkling wines are supposed to pop, but recently there have been various problems with exploding wine bottles. In some cases, bottle explosions were caused by a faulty wine tool, and in others, the problems were caused by faulty bottles. CoravinTM Wine Tool Problems The CoravinTM system touts the ability to enjoy wine without having to […]

Lower-Alcohol Wines Trending

lower alcohol wines trending

Summertime drives lighter fares – think fresh produce and crisp wines. Now, lower-alcohol wines are trending as well. Lower-alcohol wines are more subtle than their bold, high-alcohol counterparts, but a more subtle flavor is only part of what’s driving the trend. Cost and Calories Cost and calories are two factors that are driving a push […]

Liquor License Debate Creates a Waiting Game

liquor license debate creates waiting game

The liquor license debate in Massachusetts as to whether or not the quota system should be overhauled and license issuance be completely controlled at the local level has created a waiting game. And that waiting game can quickly stifle economic growth and development – the very heart of the argument to eliminate the quota system. […]

Liquor License Quota and Crime

liquor license and crime

There are two sides to the liquor license quota argument in Massachusetts, and there are also two sides to the impact of crime in matters of obtaining or retaining a liquor license. The liquor license system in Massachusetts dates back a century and places a cap on the number of liquor licenses that can be […]

Liquor License Impact on Existing Restaurants

liquor license impact on restaurants

Last week, we took an overview of the proposal to eliminate the state Legislature from the liquor license process and the quota system. (See “Lifting Liquor License Caps in Massachusetts.”) While it may seem well intentioned on the surface and that sending control back to the local level is a good thing (who knows the […]

Lifting Liquor License Caps in Massachusetts

Liquor License Cap in Massachusetts

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick wants to take the state Legislature out of the liquor license equation and lift liquor license caps in Massachusetts. On one hand, his proposal seems like a more effective use of the Legislature’s time which is ultimately a use of tax-payer dollars. As it stands now, a formula based on a […]