The Craft Brewers Guild, a major beer distributor, has appealed a fine it received from the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission. The Guild, based in Everett, MA, is one of nineteen craft beer distributors that Sheehan Family Companies owns. Sheehan also has an importing division, St. Killian, which sells Carlsberg and other foreign beers.
Sheehan Family Companies began in 1898 as a pushcart grocery run by Luigi Cortelli, an immigrant from Italy. In 1934, after Repeal, and now in a physical store, Luigi and his son Domero, entered into a distribution agreement with Anheuser-Busch. In 1956, Gerald Sheehan, Domero’s son-in-law started as a route salesman and eventually became company president. His son, Tim, is currently CEO. The Craft Beer Guild MA became part of the company in 2002.
In 2016 the Guild paid a $2.6 million fine to the ABCC to prevent a ninety-day suspension from going into effect. The Commission charged the Guild with undertaking a pay to play scheme that included false invoices and money laundering. The Guild denies it did anything wrong and is pursuing its appeal at the State Supreme court level.