Direct Sale of Distillery Spirits Wins Initial Senate Vote

(Carolina Journal) With no debate, the state Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly gave initial approval to a change in the state’s alcohol laws sought by small distilleries. The first floor vote was 40-8, and — if the measures prevails in its next vote, it will return to the House. The previous day the Senate Finance Committee backed an amendment by Sen. Rick Gunn, R-Alamance, to House Bill 909, a measure making a series of changes to other Alcoholic Beverage Control laws. Gunn’s amendment would allow small distilleries to sell a bottle of liquor, marked with a commemorative sticker, to customers touring the facility. Customers would be limited to one bottle of liquor per 12-month period and the distillery would have to maintain records of customers buying the liquor for 12 months.

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