Raleigh, N.C. — A proposal to allow liquor distilleries to sell their products on premises has been turned into a study bill.
In its original form, House Bill 842 would have allowed patrons who had completed a tour of a distillery to purchase a bottle of the product at the same price as at an ABC store, with all applicable taxes.
North Carolina is home to quite a few distilleries, including apple brandy, sweet potato vodka, gin, wheat whisky and moonshine.
"Do you know any other business that takes people on a tour, shows them what they do and how they do it and then won’t let them buy the product?" asked Rep. Dana Bumgardner, R-Gaston.
"No," replied sponsor Rep. John Bell, R-Wayne.
But some conservative lawmakers, including some in House leadership, dislike proposals to make alcohol more readily available.
The version approved Monday by the House Commerce Committee would create an eight-member panel to study the feasibility of on-site sales of spirituous liquor and report its findings to lawmakers before the 2014 session.