SECTION 1. Section 1 of chapter 138 of the General Laws, as most recently amended by Chapter 165 of the acts of 2014, is hereby amended by inserting after the definition of “Hotel” the following definition:--
“Hotel brewer”, any person or entity licensed under this chapter to manufacture malt beverages who has entered into an alternating proprietorship arrangement with a tenant brewer approved by the US Department of the Treasury Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Trade Bureau for the purpose of producing or packaging beer on behalf of the tenant brewer.
SECTION 2. Section 1 of said chapter 138 is hereby further amended by adding after the definition of “Tavern” the following new definition: --
“Tenant Brewer:, a person or entity that has a brewer’s notice or other license who has entered into an alternating proprietorship arrangement with a host brewer approved by the United States Department of the Treasury Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau for the purpose of producing or packaging beer at a host brewer’s premises.
SECTION 3. Section 18 of said chapter 138 is hereby amended by adding at the end thereof the following paragraph:--
In order to ensure the necessary control of traffic in alcoholic beverages for the preservation of the public peace and order, the shipment of such beverages into the commonwealth, except as provided in this section, section 19F and 19G, is hereby prohibited.
SECTION 4. Said chapter 138 is hereby amended by creating the following new section: --
Section 19G. Tenant/Host Brewer License. –
The commission may issue a tenant brewer license which authorizes the holder thereof to produce or package malt beverages on the premises of a host brewer to any individual applicant who is a resident and citizen of the commonwealth and to any corporation, partnership or other entity which complies with the requirements set forth in section 26.
To be eligible for a tenant brewer license, the applicant must have a brewer's notice approved by the United States Department of the Treasury Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and must have an approved alternating proprietorship arrangement that allows the applicant to use the facilities, equipment, and employees of a host brewer.
A tenant brewer may import such raw materials as are required solely for the production and packaging of the malt beverage, including without limitation bulk malt beverage produced by the tenant brewer at its brewery of origin. The bulk malt beverage imported by the tenant brewer must be packaged and shipped back to the tenant brewer’s brewery of origin or to another licensed premises designated by the tenant brewer within 10 days of receipt by the host brewer.
Any product produced or packaged at the host brewer’s premises must be removed from the host brewer’s premises within 10 days after the brewing or packaging process is completed. The finished product must be returned to the tenant brewer’s brewery of origin or to another licensed premises designated by the tenant brewer.
The Commission may require a tenant brewer to maintain a record or log indicating which equipment is being used at any time by the tenant brewer in the production or packaging of malt beverages and which employees are working on production or packaging of the tenant brewer's product. A tenant brewer is subject to the same reporting requirements as the host brewer.
A tenant brewer’s license issued pursuant to this section 19G does not grant the holder thereof any right to sell its product in the commonwealth to any person or entity except a Section 18 license holder. A tenant brewer’s license only permits the tenant brewer to produce or package malt beverages as specifically set forth in this Section 19G.
For the purposes of this section, a package means kegs, casks, barrels, bottles, cans and all other packages approved by the United States Department of the Treasury Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau for malt beverages. A brewery of origin means any brewery at which the tenant brewer’s is duly licensed to manufacture of malt beverages other than at the host brewer’s premises.
The annual fee for each license issued under this section shall be:
5,000 barrels or less per year: $ 22.00/per year
More than 5,000 and less than 20,000 barrels per year: $ 44.00/per year
More than 20,000 barrels and less than 100,000 barrels per year: $ 82.00/per year
More than 100,000 and less than 200,000 barrels per year: $110.00/per year
More than 200,000 and less than 1,000,000 barrels per year: $110.00/per year
Each additional 1,000,000 barrels per year: $111.00/per year
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