Maine Revised Statutes

§1355-A. Manufacturer licenses

1. Issuance of licenses.   The bureau may issue manufacturer licenses to distill, rectify, brew or bottle spirits, wine or malt liquor to distillers, rectifiers, brewers, bottlers and wineries operating under federal law and federal supervision.
[ 2011, c. 629, §22 (NEW) .]
2. Manufacturers.   The following provisions apply to brewery, small brewery, winery, small winery, distillery and small distillery licensees.
A. A licensee may permit sampling of the liquor product on the premises:
(1) By employees for the purpose of quality control of the product;
(2) By wholesalers for the purpose of determining whether to carry the product as a wholesale product if the holder of the license pays the excise tax on the product sampled according to section 1652; and
(3) By the public if the holder of the license pays the excise tax on the product sampled according to section 1652. [2011, c. 629, §22 (NEW).]
B. A licensee under this section may serve to the public complimentary samples of liquor produced by the licensee at the licensed premises where liquor is produced by the licensee. [2011, c. 629, §22 (NEW).]
C. A licensee under this section may sell to nonlicensees during regular business hours from the licensed premises where liquor is produced by the licensee liquor produced by the bottle, by the case or in bulk for consumption off the licensed premises. Spirits sold by distillers and small distillers in accordance with this paragraph must be first sold to the State, subject to the listing, pricing and distribution provisions of this Title. [2011, c. 629, §22 (NEW).]
D. A licensee under this section may sell from the licensed premises where liquor is produced by the licensee liquor produced by the licensee for consumption off the licensed premises. [2011, c. 629, §22 (NEW).]
E. A licensee may serve complimentary samples of liquor on Sunday after the hour of 9 a.m. and may sell liquor on Sunday after the hour of 9 a.m. if the municipality in which the licensed premises is located has authorized the sale of liquor on Sunday for consumption off the premises under chapter 5. [2011, c. 629, §22 (NEW).]
F. A licensee may charge for samples or shall otherwise comply with the conditions in paragraph E. Each sample poured is subject to a charge in an amount determined by the licensee and is subject to the sales tax on liquor under Title 36, section 1811. A licensee shall maintain a record of liquor samples subject to a charge and maintain those records for a period of 2 years. [2011, c. 629, §22 (NEW).]
G. A licensee that is a brewery or small brewery may sell on the premises during regular business hours and within the hours of legal sale to nonlicensees liquor produced at the licensed premises. The volume of the package may not exceed 15.5 gallons and must be consumed off the premises. The sale of packages described in this paragraph must comply with keg tagging requirements provided in section 714. Each licensee shall submit a monthly report to its wholesaler detailing sales made directly from the premises. The wholesaler shall calculate the fees for any bottle deposit and submit an invoice to the licensee for expenses associated with the requirements prescribed in Title 32, chapter 28 including the retailer handling fee, state container deposit and a mutually agreed-upon pick-up fee. [2011, c. 629, §22 (NEW).]
H. A small winery or small brewery licensee shall keep and maintain complete records on all sales to a retail licensee. [2011, c. 629, §22 (NEW).]
I. A licensee may be issued one retail license under chapter 43 per licensed location for the sale of liquor to be consumed on the premises at the retail premises.
(1) The retail license must be held exclusively by the holder of the brewery, small brewery, winery, small winery, distillery or small distillery license.
(2) The retail license authorizes the sale of products of the brewery, small brewery, winery, small winery, distillery or small distillery, in addition to other liquor permitted to be sold under the retail license, to be consumed on the premises.
(3) All records related to activities under a manufacturer license issued under this section must be kept separate from records related to the retail license.
(4) A distillery or small distillery must meet the requirements of subsection 5, paragraph E. [2011, c. 629, §22 (NEW).]
J. A licensee may display up to 25 bottles of liquor produced by the licensee in a window of the location under paragraph D where liquor is sold for consumption off the licensed premises. Locations licensed under subsection 4, paragraph B, subparagraph (2) or subsection 5, paragraph B, subparagraph (3) may also display up to 25 bottles of liquor produced by the licensee. [2011, c. 629, §22 (NEW).]
[ 2011, c. 629, §22 (NEW) .]
3. Breweries; small breweries.   Except as otherwise provided in this section, the following provisions apply to breweries and small breweries.
A. A holder of a brewery license may produce more than 50,000 gallons of malt liquor per year. [2011, c. 629, §22 (NEW).]
B. A holder of a small brewery license may produce not more than 50,000 gallons of malt liquor per year.
(1) Upon application by a holder of a small brewery license whose brewery has produced malt liquor in an amount that exceeds 50,000 gallons in one year, the bureau may renew that holder's small brewery license for only one additional year.
(2) A holder of a small brewery license may sell or deliver its products to licensed retailers or wholesalers. The licensee may sell, on the premises for consumption off the premises, malt liquor produced at the licensed premises by the bottle, by the case or in bulk to licensed retailers, including, but not limited to, off-premises retail licensees, restaurants and clubs. Notwithstanding section 1361, the holder of a small brewery license may sell its products directly to a retail licensee under this paragraph without selling to a wholesale licensee. [2011, c. 629, §22 (NEW).]
C. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Title, a brewery or small brewery licensed in accordance with this section may sell from the establishment at the site of the brewery licensed for the sale of alcoholic beverages to be consumed on the premises malt liquor to be consumed off the premises under the conditions specified in this paragraph.
(1) Only malt liquor brewed at the brewery where the on-premises establishment is licensed may be sold at the on-premises establishment.
(2) Malt liquor must be dispensed in bottles provided by and with labels unique to the brewery of 32 to 64 ounces in volume.
(3) No more than 6 bottles may be prefilled at any one time.
(4) A deposit may be charged per bottle. Bottles sold under this paragraph are not subject to Title 32, chapter 28.
(5) The bottle in which the malt liquor is dispensed must be sealed by the licensee with a seal that is tamper-evident.
(6) Malt liquor dispensed in accordance with this paragraph must be consumed off the premises.
(7) All sales of malt liquor from the on-premises establishment for off-premises consumption must be accompanied by a sales receipt with a time stamp that indicates time of purchase.
(8) Sale of malt liquor from the on-premises establishment for off-premises consumption may not be made after 10:00 p.m.
The bureau may adopt rules to enforce this paragraph. Rules adopted in accordance with this paragraph are routine technical rules in accordance with Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A. [2011, c. 629, §22 (NEW).]
[ 2011, c. 629, §22 (NEW) .]
4. Wineries; small wineries.   Except as otherwise provided in this section, the following provisions apply to wineries and small wineries.
A. A holder of a winery license may produce more than 50,000 gallons per year of wines, sparkling wines and fortified wines. [2011, c. 629, §22 (NEW).]
B. A holder of a small winery license may produce not more than 50,000 gallons per year of wines, sparkling wines and fortified wines.
(1) A holder of a small winery license may sell or deliver its products to licensed retailers or wholesalers. The licensee may sell, on the premises for consumption off the premises, wine produced at the licensed premises by the bottle, by the case or in bulk to licensed retailers, including, but not limited to, off-premises retail licensees, restaurants and clubs. Notwithstanding section 1361, the licensee may sell its products directly to a retail licensee under this paragraph without selling to a wholesale licensee.
(2) A holder of a small winery license, upon application to and approval of the bureau and payment of the license fees, may obtain licenses for off-premises consumption for up to 2 additional locations other than the location of the in-state manufacturer licensed under this section. The holder of the licenses is not required to conduct any bottling or production at the additional licensed locations but may conduct all activities permitted by this section at the additional licensed locations. [2011, c. 629, §22 (NEW).]
C. A holder of a winery or small winery license may fortify wine produced by the winery license holder and import spirits solely for this purpose.
(1) If a small winery license holder produces fortified wine pursuant to this paragraph, the combined total of wine, sparkling wine and fortified wine produced at the small winery may not exceed 50,000 gallons per year. [2011, c. 629, §22 (NEW).]
For purposes of this subsection, "fortified wine" means wine to which spirits have been added as long as the resulting liquor does not exceed 24% alcohol by volume.
[ 2011, c. 629, §22 (NEW) .]
5. Distilleries; small distilleries.   Except as otherwise provided in this section, the following provisions apply to distilleries and small distilleries.
A. A holder of a distillery license may distill, rectify, blend and bottle more than 50,000 gallons of spirits per year. [2011, c. 629, §22 (NEW).]
B. A holder of a small distillery license may distill, rectify, blend and bottle not more than 50,000 gallons of spirits per year.
(1) The small distillery off-premises license fee is $100.
(2) Upon application by a holder of a small distillery license whose distillery has produced spirits in an amount that exceeds 50,000 gallons in one year, the bureau may renew that holder's small distillery license for only one additional year.
(3) A holder of a small distillery license, upon application to and approval of the bureau and payment of the license fees, may obtain licenses for off-premises consumption for up to 2 additional locations other than the location of the in-state manufacturer licensed under this section. The holder of the licenses is not required to conduct any bottling or production at the additional licensed locations but may conduct all activities permitted by this section at the additional licensed locations. [2011, c. 629, §22 (NEW).]
C. To be eligible for a distillery or small distillery license, a person must hold a basic permit for distilling, rectifying, blending and bottling spirits from the United States Department of the Treasury, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. [2011, c. 629, §22 (NEW).]
D. Spirits produced by a holder of a distillery or small distillery license must be sold to the State and are subject to the listing, pricing and distribution provisions of this Title. [2011, c. 629, §22 (NEW).]
E. A holder of a distillery or small distillery license may be issued one license under chapter 43 per distillery location for a connected establishment for the sale of liquor to be consumed on the premises at the distillery.
(1) For the purposes of this paragraph, "connected establishment" means a Class A restaurant or a Class A restaurant/lounge that is owned exclusively by the holder of the in-state manufacturer license.
(2) All records of the manufacturer license must be kept separate from the records of the retail licensee. [2011, c. 629, §22 (NEW).]
F. A distillery or small distillery may provide samples to the public of liquors produced by the distillery that have been sold to the State in accordance with paragraph D and repurchased by the distillery or small distillery. [2011, c. 629, §22 (NEW).]
G. Notwithstanding paragraph D, a holder of a small distillery license that produces less than 25,000 gallons of spirits annually and is licensed under paragraph B, subparagraph (3) to operate a retail location for off-premises consumption may pay the alcohol bureau the difference between the distillery's price charged to the alcohol bureau and the discounted list price charged by the bureau when a distillery purchases its own spirits to be sold at retail from its off-premises location. The alcohol bureau shall establish a procedure to allow a distillery to purchase spirits produced by the distillery for sale at a retail location as described in this paragraph. [2013, c. 359, §1 (NEW).]
[ 2013, c. 359, §1 (AMD) .]
6. Tenant brewer.  Except as otherwise provided, the following provisions apply to a tenant brewer license under which the holder of a tenant brewer license may produce malt liquor at the manufacturing facility of another brewer, referred to in this subsection as "the host brewer," licensed by the bureau under subsection 3.
A. To be eligible for a tenant brewer license, a person must submit an application to the bureau in a manner prescribed by the bureau and hold a brewer’s notice approved by the United States Department of the Treasury, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, that authorizes a tenant brewer to use the facilities and equipment of a host brewer. [2013, c. 345, §4 (NEW).]
B. A tenant brewer is subject to the same requirements regarding production of malt liquor as if the tenant brewer conducted its manufacturing on its own premises independently. [2013, c. 345, §4 (NEW).]
C. A tenant brewer is not eligible for privileges provided in subsection 2 except for sampling described by paragraph A, subparagraphs (1) and (2). [2013, c. 345, §4 (NEW).]
D. A tenant brewer is governed by the provisions of subsection 3 except for the privileges granted under paragraph C. [2013, c. 345, §4 (NEW).]
E. A tenant brewer may not brew or produce malt liquor for another brewer or certificate of approval holder. [2013, c. 345, §4 (NEW).]
F. A tenant brewer shall ensure that the tenant brewer maintains control of the raw ingredients used to manufacture the tenant brewer's product. [2013, c. 345, §4 (NEW).]
G. Only one tenant brewer license may be issued per host brewer licensed under subsection 3. [2013, c. 345, §4 (NEW).]
H. The bureau 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 of malt liquor and which employees are working on production of the tenant brewer’s product. [2013, c. 345, §4 (NEW).]
I. The bureau shall require that reports from a tenant brewer be submitted in a manner similar to the manner in which a brewer licensed under subsection 3 submits reports. The bureau shall also require a tenant brewer to submit copies of reports required of holders of an approved brewer’s notice issued by the United States Department of the Treasury, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau authorizing the tenant brewer to engage in an alternating proprietorship. [2013, c. 345, §4 (NEW).]
[ 2013, c. 345, §4 (NEW) .]
SECTION HISTORY
2011, c. 629, §22 (NEW). 2013, c. 345, §4 (AMD). 2013, c. 359, §1 (AMD).

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