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City Police Could Track Kegs

By Benjamin P. Gleitzman

The Cambridge Licensing Committee will vote later this month to adopt regulations on keg purchases similar to those recently implemented in Boston. The regulations would be based on the Boston Licensing Board’s new laws, implemented last October, requiring liquor stores and breweries to report personal information such as name, address, and date of birth of keg-buyers to the Boston police department.

Breaking from Boston policy, which defines kegs as any container bigger than six gallons, the new Cambridge policy will target “anything with a tap, regardless of size,” said CLC Executive Director Elizabeth Lint.

“Of the 40 or so package stores in Cambridge, only five or six sell kegs,” said Daniel Trujillo, associate dean for Community Development and Substance Abuse Programs. “The predominant concern is people coming to Cambridge in order to avoid the mandate,” he said, referring to the Boston law. The proposed regulations in Cambridge could quash this practice.

“The impetus is obvious,” said Lint. “Boston recently passed these regulations and other cities are adopting similar laws.”

Concerns were raised at the last CLC meeting about reporting information to Harvard and MIT police in addition to the Cambridge police department. “The logistics could be difficult,” said Lint, and the CLC has no intention of including such a clause in the regulation at this time.

If implemented, the new regulations should not affect MIT fraternities or independent living groups in Cambridge. “The current IFC Risk Management Policy strictly prohibits fraternities from having kegs,” said IFC President Isaac J. Tetzloff ’07. “The CLC and BLB keg regulations do not impact fraternities since kegs are forbidden.”

Living groups are also not likely to feel an effect as current MIT regulations restrict the purchase of kegs unless the party is run by a third party vendor, said Trujillo.

The CLC is scheduled to vote on the issue at the March 23 meeting.