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Distillery sales bill on the rocks

Posted May 13, 2013

— 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.

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  • whatelseisnew May 13, 2013

    "But some conservative lawmakers, including some in House leadership, dislike proposals to make alcohol more readily available. "

    HUH? That makes no sense. I suspect what they really do not like is having any liquor sold outside of the actual ABC stores. It makes sense to allow these places to sell and it is long past due to privatize these ABC stores.

  • beaupeep May 13, 2013

    Straight up, they really should take a shot at this bill before it goes sour. It really would be neat.