New bills to consider revising old (illogical) alcohol laws: MA nonprofits can receive donations of wine but not beer, and that can cripple a fundraiser.

"The stereotype of a fundraiser as a staid, wine-glasses clinking affair may linger, but today you’re more likely than not to find craft beer or cocktails at a charity barbecue or clam bake, a fun run, concert, or softball game. Often, it’s the beer, not the charity, that serves as the actual draw. There’s just one problem: Owing to Massachusetts’ byzantine, entrenched weirdness when it comes to alcohol, every time you toast a local brew at a fundraiser, you’re actually hurting the cause’s bottom line." -- Luke O'Neil,