Currently, North Carolina law only allows spirituous liquors — whiskey, gin, rum, brandy, and other distilled spirits — to be sold in state-run stores and bars administered by the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission.
This kind of retail sale of liquor would fall under the authority of the ABC and would be subject to certain restrictions:
- the distillery must possess all federal and state permits;
- the sale of liquor at distilleries is authorized only in areas where ABC stores are allowed (local governments may only establish ABC stores with the approval of voters);
- tours must be a regular public offering by the distillery;
- the liquor must be sold in closed containers;
- the liquor must be sold for consumption off premises;
- the liquor must be sold at prices set by the ABC board;
- all excise and sales taxes must be collected at the point of sale;
- sales to pre-arranged tours must occur between the hours of 9:00 AM and 9:00 pm;
- sales to walk-in tours must occur between the hours of 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm;
- sale of liquor is limited to no more than 2 liters per customer per product label per day; and
- the additional sale of liquor in 50 ml “airplane bottles” is limited to four per customer per day.
HB842 passed the House on May 14 by a vote of 111-4 and now awaits consideration in the Senate.