Special Report: Alcohol licenses in Chelmsford, state

The Issue: The sale of liquor in Massachusetts is governed by an 84-year-old system of state regulations, sharing jurisdiction with cities and towns.  Why it matters: Liquor licenses can fuel economic growth and prosperity as restaurants open; communities seek balance with safety and health needs.
It is a bittersweet cocktail.

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Craft beverage exemption bill signed by Gov. Cuomo

ALBANY — Legislation designed to boost the state’s craft beverage industry — and whose beginnings came by way of a Geneva brewer — has been signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, R-131 of Canandaigua, the bill’s co-sponsor in the Assembly, applauded Cuomo’s signing of a new tax exemption for licensed breweries, farm breweries, cider producers, farm cideries, distilleries and farm distilleries.

Charleston adds liquor license for brew pubs, craft brewers JG-TC

CHARLESTON (JG-TC) -- The city is open for businesses to craft and serve alcohol after a City Council vote Tuesday.

Council members OK'd two measures that establish a new liquor license for brew pubs and craft brewers for which businesses can apply. Brew pub license holders will be able to “manufacture malt liquors or fermented malt beverages upon (their) licensed premises,” according to meeting documents. The license requires 15 percent of sales come from food.