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Lawmakers consider beer tastings in stores

Posted July 20, 2009

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— The Senate last week passed a bill that would allow shoppers to sample beer in North Carolina supermarkets.

The House is now considering the amended version of House Bill 1595.

The bill notes that wine tastings have been allowed in retail stores since 2001 and have helped spur the growth of the state's wine industry. Lawmakers hope consumers who get a taste of beers brewed in North Carolina will likewise help that industry develop.

If approved, the law would take effect in October.

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  • S82R Jul 20, 2009

    Think about it. These tastings would (theoretically) increase sales of malt beverages, which will undoubtedly be subjected so a higher tax once the budget is finally passed. Therefore this bill would help the gov't raise additional tax dollars...

  • raysson Jul 20, 2009

    This is what you get when we elected Beverly Perdue as the governor of this state...........and the mess she has made during her first six months in office.......

    And passing a law that lets customers sampled beer and wine items while shopping in the grocery store is incredibly stupid.
    And you're right about the minors who basically shop at these stores and seizes the opportunity to the samples of alcohol. We got too many drunkards the consume more beer before they even get to the checkout line....go into any Kroger, Food Lion and Harris Teeter and see this.....Whole Foods is a prime example.

  • lkanzig Jul 20, 2009

    WHAT IS WITH ALL THESE WORTHLESS BILLS AND LAWS??????????
    CAN THEY WASTE ANY MORE TIME AND MONEY???????????
    THIS IS BEYOND PATHETIC! BEYOND ASSININE! THIS IS JUST PLAIN STUPIDITY!!!!!!!
    GET YOUR HEADS OUT OF THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON!!!

  • Professor Jul 20, 2009

    This should be taxed, too.

  • SME2 Jul 20, 2009

    SWEET!

  • Professor Jul 20, 2009

    WooHooo!!! Tap the Keg Kroger, I will be right over!!!
    Journey985

    An alcoholic would agree, nonetheless. Get some help.

  • Professor Jul 20, 2009

    They could make a mistake and give to an underage kid. Then there will be problems. I say so to this.

  • Journey985 Jul 20, 2009

    WooHooo!!! Tap the Keg Kroger, I will be right over!!!

  • Professor Jul 20, 2009

    Work on something worthwhile rather than alcohol.
    madd62006

    I agree. How about working on getting jobs in NC?

  • Professor Jul 20, 2009

    This should not happen. Why, think of all the young children that goes to the store.

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