Alaska Considering an Alcohol Law Revamp


According to the Daily News-Miner, the Alaskan state legislature is considering a bill that would allow alcohol manufacturers to serve drinks on-site and permit out-of-state direct-to-consumer wine shipments. The bill does not, however, allow distilleries to serve cocktails on-premise, nor does it allow out-of-state shipments of any alcohol besides wine:

The Alaska State Senate passed a bill Monday that would essentially rewrite the state’s alcohol regulations. The overhaul legislation does not include any reference to the highly contentious issue of whether distilleries can serve cocktails.

Senate Bill 76, introduced by Soldotna Republican Sen. Peter Micciche, seeks to update Title IV statutes governing the Alcoholic Beverage Control in Alaska.

One of the biggest changes included in the bill is a regulation change that will now allow a manufacturer to own a retail license or beverage dispensary license, according to Rachel Hanke, a spokesperson for Micciche...

The new title update also includes a clause regulating online sales of alcohol and create a winery direct shipment license which would allow out-of-state wineries to ship directly to consumers. This would apply only to wineries...

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