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Beer bills hop through committee

Posted June 4, 2013

— Two House bills that would facilitate beer sales are headed to the Senate floor after a very brief appearance in the Senate Commerce Committee.

House Bill 829, the "Growler Bill," would allow restaurants, retailers and wine shops to sell resealable 64-ounce glass jugs of beer. Growler sales and refills are currently allowed only at the brewery. 

Sponsor Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson, was barely two sentences into his presentation when Sen. Clark Jenkins, D-Edgecombe, motioned for a favorable report. The bill passed unanimously with no debate. 

House Bill 610, In-Stand Beer Sales, also chugged through in record time. It would allow vendors to sell beer in the stands at professional sporting events at venues with a seating capacity of 3,000 or more. Vendors would not be allowed "to verbally shout or hawk the sale of malt beverages."

Current law allows in-stand beer sales only at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. Patrons at other venues must stand in line at the concession counter to buy beer. 

Sponsor Rep. Jon Hardister, R-Guilford, called it a "customer service bill."  

Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League of North Carolina, warned the committee that in-stand sales would lead to more consumption. He cited a 2008 study by the National Institutes of Health that found that in-stand alcohol vendors were more likely than concession workers to sell to intoxicated or underage customers. 

But Tim Kent, executive director of the North Carolina Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association, said professional sports team owners want the right to provide in-stand sales. He said patrons will be able to spend more time in their seats with their family and friends, instead of standing in long lines at the beer counter. 

The second measure also passed unanimously with no debate, except a quip from Sen. Jim Davis, R-Macon.

"Are all these alcohol bills directly related to being in the House?" he asked Hardister.

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  • ncstatefan215 Jun 7, 2013

    ""I really don't want people ruining my view of the game with huge trays of beer... ""

    Logic fail...

    It is clear you have never been to pro sports game where beer is sold in the stands. The person selling the beer, comes every now and then, passes the beer down to the buyer, in return for ID and cash.

    What we have now, are people continuously standing up in the aisle, walking out of the aisle (causing everyone else to stand), to get beer.

    This is an awesome idea.

  • corey3rd2 Jun 5, 2013

    Now if only they allow people to go to the bathroom in their stadium seats, we'd not have to waste our time waiting in that long line.

  • umop apisdn Jun 4, 2013

    "I really don't want people ruining my view of the game with huge trays of beer... "

    What? Do people hold up trays of cokes and hot dogs too?

    "I pay 70$ for a ticket to the Canes game, and by golly I wanna see all of it."

    Then you should stay home and watch it on TV, you'll get to pause and rewind as an added bonus.

    Most sporting events are too boring to sit through, beer helps with the boredom.

  • OleNCNative Jun 4, 2013

    I really don't want people ruining my view of the game with huge trays of beer... I pay 70$ for a ticket to the Canes game, and by golly I wanna see all of it.

  • Jimm57 Jun 4, 2013

    I LOVE YOU'SE GUYS!

    Thank you!

  • Come On_Seriously Jun 4, 2013

    Oh my gosh- good thing the general assembly spent the time to eliminate the inconvenience of actually having to stand in line to buy beer. The horror!