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The Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore County has issued new Rules and Regulations effective September 30, 2018. Liquor board Rules are of great import and govern the issuance of an alcoholic beverage license as well as the day to day operations of a business selling alcoholic beverages. While hyper technical in nature, the Rules have the force of law and a violation of a Rule can result in civil penalties and ultimately suspension…
Talbot County, on the eastern shore of Maryland, is one of only a handful of places in America that prohibits the selling or providing of alcoholic beverages on an election day during the hours when the polls are open. The picturesque waterfront county is named for Lady Grace Talbot, the sister of Lord Baltimore and wife of Sir Robert Taylor, whose family was an owner of Sean’s in Athlone, the oldest pub in Ireland (that…
Given that a liquor license is “the” key asset in a business selling alcoholic beverages, be it a restaurant or package goods store, violations of laws associated with those licenses are of great import. The twenty three counties in Maryland, Baltimore City, and the City of Annapolis each issue retail alcoholic beverages licenses and local boards of liquor license commissioners police activities under those licenses. This blog post is a review of retail liquor license…
A liquor license holder in Maryland may now be issued more than one restaurant liquor license. Effective July 1, 2018, House Bill 2018-1003, now Chapter Laws 225, authorizes a single individual to hold multiple Class B, beer, wine, and liquor licenses or equivalent licenses issued by different local liquor licensing boards for restaurants, hotels, or motels. Nancy Hudes has focused experience advising chain restaurants and other with multiple restaurant locations about alcoholic beverage licensing matters.…
You may not yet know that you need an expert witness? But, in a public hearing before a Board of Liquor License Commissioners, expert witness testimony often is admitted when the Board determines that the testimony will assist it, as the trier of fact, to understand the evidence or to determine a fact in issue. Thomas Jefferson may be the earliest known expert witness in an American court when in 1771 in Hite v. Fairfax,…
  The transfer of a liquor license often involves issues of life and death, and in some instances, zombies and phantoms. A decision last year by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals in Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City v. Austin was instructive as to when a liquor license is really dead. The court explains at the beginning of the 25 page opinion, .. a zombie is defined as the supernatural power according to voodoo…
While it is difficult to comprehend what new liquor licensing laws could possibly be enacted in Maryland after the legislature passed the largest bill in Maryland history, only 2 years ago in 2016, some 3,180 pages long, re-codifying the alcoholic beverage laws, this is review of just that .. At the close of the just concluded 438th session of the Maryland General Assembly on April 9, 2018, 1,269 Senate bills and 1,832 House bills were…
Among the more curious environmental issues of the day appears to be criminalizing plastic drinking straws and stirrers. The “war on drinking straws” must be true because this week there is a viral video viewed on YouTube more than 5.5 million times of a 2015 incident where a Texas A&M University research team in Costa Rica found a plastic straw stuck in the nose of a sea turtle. Then there is the widely tossed around…
Delivery to consumers will be the biggest change to the alcoholic beverage industry in Maryland during 2018. A tipping point is now being reached among retail license holders offering delivery to consumers. Despite that it was a change in state law in 2015 that enables delivery, it has taken some time for what is a new rapid and dramatic evolution in operations, widely adopting by the broader retail industry. The package good store that is…
Following a hearing it was determined two “yoga and beer” events were permitted at a brewery in Howard County, Maryland. Yes, yoga and beer is a Millennial ‘thing’ and more. This matter was initiated with a complaint filed by a neighbor of the Manor Hill Farm and Brewery who alleged that the yoga events were not an agricultural activity and that more than 50 people might attend which could increase traffic. Penultimate in the consideration…