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Maryland ABC

Lehrman Beverage Law’s State Practice Group handles ABC issues in the state of Maryland. With experience with the Alcohol Tobacco & Tax Division of the Comptroller of Maryland and local county liquor control boards, our State Practice Group handles ABC issues, including:

  1. initial ABC licensing and business consultation;
  2. required compliance with other local agencies;
  3. representation before the ABC Board in case of violations; and (4) counsel for record keeping and reporting.
Our State Practice Group includes several experienced professionals expert in MD ABC Law. We successfully help retail, wholesale, and producer clients secure the necessary licenses and permits, at both the county and state level. Our attorneys assist clients in fields related to ABC compliance, including business, contract, property, and tax matters. Whether you are just starting out, are expanding into Maryland, or simply need guidance on complying with the local and state rules and regulations, Lehrman Beverage Law is ready to assist you.
Our State Practice Group can assist you with:
  • Comptroller of Maryland Manufacturer’s Licenses, including:
    • Class 1 Distillery, Class 2 Rectifying, Class 3 Winery, Class 4 Limited Winery, Class 5 Brewery, Class 6 Pub-Brewery, Class 7 Micro-Brewery, Class 8 Farm Brewery, and Class 9 Limited Distillery
  • Comptroller of Maryland Wholesaler’s Licenses, including:
    • Class 1 Beer, Wine & Liquor, Class 2 Wine and Liquor, Class 3 Beer and Wine, Class 4 Beer, Class 5 Wine, Class 6 Limited Wine, and Class 7 Limited Beer
  • Comptroller of Maryland Permits, including:
    • Brewery Special Events, Brewery Off-Site, Direct Wine Shippers, Farmer’s Market, Import and Exports, Non-Resident Breweries, Non Beverages, Non-Resident Dealers, Non-Resident Winery, Non Storage Alcohol Awareness Instructors, Alcohol Awareness Programs, Common Carriers, Family Beer and Wine Facility, Individual Storage, Individual Transportation, Private Bulk Sales, Charity Wine Auctions, and Public Storage
  • County Licenses for restaurants, bars, clubs, and other on- and off-sale licensees with the Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control (“MCDLC”), The Prince George’s County Board of License Commissioners, and other counties such as Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester
  • Changes in License Location, Additional License Locations, Statewide Caterer’s Licenses, Beer Keg Registration
  • Business entity formation
  • ABC license renewals and amendments
  • Resident Agent issues
  • MD excise and alcohol beverage taxes
  • Counsel for franchise distribution agreements between wholesalers and producers
  • MD brand registration and product listing in Montgomery County
  • Representation before the MD and County ABC boards for License/Permit violations
  • Appeals from MD and County ABC board decisions
  • MD ABC license reporting, including: Monthly Tax Returns, Monthly Sales Reports, and Annual License Reports
  • Compliance with the Maryland Secretary of State (“SOS”), the Comptroller of Maryland, local zoning boards, local business licensing agencies, and Department of Health
In many of these areas we provide flat and cost-effective fees, and we are happy to provide an initial consultation with no charge or obligation.
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