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Bill seeks to move some malt beverages out of convenience stores

Posted April 10, 2013

— Malt beverages with more than 9 percent alcohol by volume would have to be sold in local Alcoholic Beverage Control stores under a bill filed by Rep. Edgar Starnes, R-Caldwell, Wednesday.

"These are basically just mixed drinks with just enough malt beverage in them to be sold in stores," said Starnes, the House majority leader. Although 15 percent alcohol by volume is higher alcohol than most beers and wines, it is lower than all but the lowest-alcohol by volume spirits sold in ABC stores. 

The measure is aimed at beverages such as Stout 21, which recently ran into problems regarding its packaging with state liquor regulators. Such beverages take advantage of definitions in the statute governing beer sales, using a "malt beverage base" that can be little more than fermented sugar water. Flavors are then added later in the process.

Malt beverages with alcohol content similar to traditional beer nor traditional beers with alcohol contents between 9 and 15 percent would not be affected by the bill.

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  • hiddentreasurescruecds Apr 11, 2013

    The NCGOP is such a joke. The party of "small government & individual freedom"? What happened to that lie?

  • beaupeep Apr 10, 2013

    cvdurham:

    Virginia is 95N.

    South Carolina is 95S.

  • wral mods blow close my account Apr 10, 2013

    "Malt beverages with alcohol content similar to traditional beer would not be affected by the bill. Neither would traditional beers with alcohol contents between 9 percent and 15 percent. "

    NC GOP, beer is a malt beverage. The real reason they are banning it is the sexy packaging. It must be sinful. Next bills up: dry counties and forbidding dancing.

  • wral mods blow close my account Apr 10, 2013

    NC GOP holy rollers please stop wasting our time and collecting per diem.

    Here a news flash Rep. Edgar Starnes, R-Caldwell some wines have an alcohol contain of 15%.

    Here's another BEER IS A MALT BEVERAGE.

  • Spock Apr 10, 2013

    Yup, this is dumb... (and I do not even drink)! Get ALL government out of the alcohol business. There is NO REASON for the government to compete with private business - this only KILLS Capitalism.