Apply for an Alcoholic Beverages Farmer Distillery License (ABCC)

A Farmer Distillery license allows the holder to produce distilled spirits and sell them at retail or at wholesale.
Once an application is submitted via our eLicensing system, the typical turnaround time is 4 – 6 weeks.

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The Details

What you need

To apply for for a Farmer Distillery license pursuant to M.G.L. c. 138, § 19E you will need electronic copies of the documents listed below.

Required Documents for ALL new Farmer Distillery licenses:

In addition

    If entity applying is a Business:

  • Vote of the Corporate Board or LLC is required authorizing any transaction you are applying for.
  • Articles of Organization, Partnership Agreement, Bankruptcy Documents, Estate Documents, Trust Documents or Business Certificate, are required depending on your corporate structure.

   If there is any single contribution of more than $50,000 towards this transaction:

  • Sources of Funding documentation is required: 3 months of bank statements, loan documents, affidavits, etc.

   If leasing or renting the premises:

  • Lease is required.

   If Pledging license/stock/beneficial interest/inventory, the following is required:

  • Pledge Agreement
  • Promissory Note
  • Vote of the Corporate Board or LLC approving the Pledge


Name Fee Unit
Less than 5,000 barrels $22 each
5,000 > 20,000 barrels $44 each
20,000 > 100,000 barrels $82 each
100,000 > 1000,000 barrels $110 each
First 1,000,000 barrels $110 each
Each additional 1,000,000 barrels $111 each

How to apply

To apply for this license, please create an account on our eLicensing and ePermitting Portal.

Please review the information below:

Technical Requirements:

Below is the list of supported browser versions that provide the best user experience for the online application:

  • Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer 10

  • Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer 11

  • Firefox 29

  • Safari 6

  • Google Chrome 34

  • Opera 21

Although you may find that your current version also works, it may not support all functions.

To use the system you must first create a user name and password. User guides on this topic and other helpful information about the eLicensing and ePermitting Portal can be found here.

For technical assistance:
Please call the ePLACE Help Desk Team at (844) 733-7522 between the hours of 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM Monday-Friday, with the exception of all Commonwealth and Federal observed holidays.

Next steps

Processing Time

Please allow 4-6 weeks for the application to be processed. If there is any information missing, a licensing staff member or investigator will reach out to you directly.

If you would like to check on the status of your application, please contact the following licensing staff member:

Ivy Maiorino
Phone: 617-727-3040 x 749

More info

  • The Farmer Distillery License is issued by the state and not the Local Licensing Authority.
  • A Farmer Distillery Licensee may serve samples on their premises as long as the Local Licensing Authority permits it.
  • To serve alcohol by the glass on the premises, the Farmer Distillery license holder must obtain a Farmer Series Pouring Permit. This application is submitted through the Local Licensing Authority.
  • A Farmer Distillery licensee can sell directly to licensed Massachusetts retailers. They can also sell directly to licensed Massachusetts wholesalers.
  • A Farmer Distillery licensee can sell at retail by the bottle to consumers for consumption off the distillery premises.
  • If you would like to have a Farmer Brewery, a Farmer Distillery, and a Farmer Winery at the same location, each business must be on separate and distinct parts of the property.  In other words, each license would list a different portion of the property as being only for a brewery, distillery, or winery.  The premises for each license cannot overlap.

To generate a list of the most current on-premises and off-premises licensees (retailers) or Wholesalers, please use our General Search Function provided on our eLicensing and ePermitting portal.



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