Proposed regs on tasting rooms tighten tensions in alcohol industry

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A new set of proposed regulations has split the state’s alcohol industry: breweries, wineries and distilleries that make it versus bars, hotels and restaurants that serve it.

The regulations themselves don’t have anything to do with alcohol production, service or distribution. Instead, the regulations proposed by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board published on Aug. 26 are a revision to what’s allowed on site at taprooms and tasting rooms; the new regulations clarify the definition of “other recreational and gaming opportunities.”

Breweries, wineries and distilleries are allowed to sell alcohol to consumers directly in their taprooms and tasting rooms, but with a number of restrictions: no more than 36 ounces of beer or 3 ounces of liquor per person per day, no serving after 8 p.m., no seats at the bar and no games, entertainment or televisions, among other restrictions.

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