You know that craft beer you love that's on tap at the local tavern? There are two possible reasons why it's being poured: Either it really impressed the bar owner or someone paid for placement—possibly illegally. Kickbacks recently became such a problem in Massachusetts that the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) issued a hefty, 90-day suspension of alcohol license to Craft Brewers Guild—a wholesaler that manages sales of 200 craft beer brands in the U.S.—along with a two-year probation.
The soap opera started with a tweet. The owner of Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project (a Boston brewery that's no longer in business) published this alarm in 2014, which calls out specific bars by Twitter handle:
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"Can anyone guess why we're not served @bukowskiboston or @LowerDepthsBOS and other(s) from that group? Correct, we won't illegally buy (draught) lines."