New Vermont beer law goes into effect July 1

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Here’s the important parts for VT breweries and beer consumers:

Summary: This act makes numerous changes to the laws regarding alcoholic beverages.  It allows the holder of a second class license to export malt beverages.  It allows an alcoholic beverage manufacturer to sell malt beverages, vinous beverages, or spirits produced by up to five other manufacturers.  The act clarifies the definition of “art gallery” and “bookstore” in relation to the art gallery or bookstore permit.  The act allows an in-state or out of state brewer to ship malt beverages directly to Vermont consumers.  The act allows the employee of a wholesale dealer to be employed by the holder of a first class license.  The act clarifies which licensees must receive training in the sale and service of alcoholic beverages, expands acceptable identification for the purchase of alcoholic beverages to include a passport card, and repeals a sunset on the law enforcement powers of liquor control investigators.


Actual Law, quoted sections:

Sec. 1. 7 V.S.A. § 2 (19) “Second class license”: a license granted by the Control Commissioners permitting the licensee to export malt or vinous beverages and to sell malt or vinous beverages to the public for consumption off the premises for which the license is granted.

 

Concerning Farmers’ Market sales and samples from open containers:

Sec. 1. 7 V.S.A. § 2 (19)(28) “Fourth class license” or “farmers’ market license”: the license granted by the liquor control board Liquor Control Board permitting a manufacturer or rectifier of malt or vinous beverages or spirits to sell by the unopened container and distribute, by the glass with or without charge, beverages manufactured by the licensee. No more than a combined total of ten fourth class and farmers’ market licenses may be granted to a licensed manufacturer or rectifier. At only one fourth class license location, a manufacturer or rectifier of vinous beverages, malt beverages, or spirits may sell by the unopened container and distribute by the glass, with or without charge, vinous beverages, malt beverages, or spirits produced by no more than five additional manufacturers or rectifiers, provided these beverages are purchased on invoice from the manufacturer or rectifier. A manufacturer or rectifier of vinous beverages, malt beverages, or spirits may sell its product to no more than five additional manufacturers or rectifiers. A fourth class licensee may distribute by the glass no more than two ounces of malt or vinous beverage with a total of eight ounces to each retail customer and no more than one-quarter ounce of spirits with a total of one ounce to each retail customer for consumption on the manufacturer’s premises or at a farmers’ market. A farmers’ market license is valid for all dates of operation for a specific farmers’ market location.

 

Concerning importing (out of state) and exporting (in state) of beer:

Sec. 2. 7 V.S.A. § 66

(a) A manufacturer or rectifier of vinous beverages or malt beverages licensed in Vermont may be granted an in-state consumer shipping license by filing with the department of liquor control Department of Liquor Control an application in a form required by the department Department accompanied by a copy of the applicant’s current Vermont manufacturer’s license and the fee as required by subdivision 231(7)(A) of this title. This consumer shipping license may be renewed annually by filing the renewal fee as required by subdivision 231(7)(A) of this title accompanied by a copy of the licensee’s current Vermont manufacturer’s license.

(b) A manufacturer or rectifier of vinous beverages or malt beverages licensed in another state that operates a winery or brewery in the United States and holds valid state and federal permits and licenses may be granted an out-of-state consumer shipping license by filing with the department of liquor control Department an application in a form required by the department Department accompanied by copies of the applicant’s current out-of-state manufacturer’s license and the fee as required by subdivision 231(7)(B) of this title. This consumer shipping license may be renewed annually by filing the renewal fee as required by subdivision 231(7)(B) of this title accompanied by the licensee’s current out-of-state manufacturer’s license. For the purposes of this subsection and subsection (c) of this section, “out-of-state” means any state other than Vermont, any territory or possession of the United States, and does not include a foreign country.

 

read full law and summaries at The Vermont Legislative Bill Tracking System.

 

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