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Alcohol Beverage Festival For Tastings And Sales

Concerning authorization for certain alcohol beverage license holders to hold festivals for alcohol beverage retail activity, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2021 Regular Session
Business & Economic Development
Liquor, Tobacco, & Marijuana
Bill Summary

The act authorizes the following alcohol beverage licensees to obtain a festival permit, which would allow the licensees to hold festivals where they may conduct joint tastings and engage in any retail operations authorized by their licenses or permits:

  • A beer and wine licensee;
  • A hotel and restaurant licensee;
  • A tavern licensee;
  • A brew pub licensee;
  • A vintner's restaurant licensee;
  • A distillery pub licensee;
  • A winery or limited winery licensee;
  • A spirits manufacturer; and
  • A beer manufacturer.

Local licensing authorities may create a permitting process for these festivals. Licensees may obtain a permit to hold up to 9 festivals in 12 months, with each festival lasting no longer than 72 hours. Other licensees may participate in the festival.

The act appropriates $511,210 to the department of revenue from the liquor enforcement division and state licensing authority cash fund to implement the act.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


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Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details