Rep. Morin legislation would change amount of alcohol microbreweries can sell at retail
STATE HOUSE — Rep. Michael Morin (D-Dist. 49, Woonsocket) has introduced legislation that would change the amount of alcohol that the state’s microbreweries can sell at retail.
The bill (2020-H 8005) would modify limitations on quantities of malt beverages and distilled spirits that can be sold at retail by certain licensed breweries and distilleries for off-premises consumption.
“Rhode Island’s craft beer industry has become an important facet of the state’s economy,” said Representative Morin. “Because of the unique way these microbreweries manufacture and distribute their product, along with the overall interest in craft beers, this would bring the law more in line with the way people are consuming a locally manufactured product by making it more available at a local level.”
Under the legislation, brewers that manufacture less than 2,500 barrels per year would be allowed to sell up to 10 cases per person per day; those that manufacture less than 5,000 barrels per year would be allowed to sell up to five cases per person per day. Distilleries that manufacture less than 7,500 gallons per year would be allowed to sell up to 10 liters per person per day; those that manufacture less than 15,000 gallons per year would be allowed to sell up to five liters per person per day.
All manufacturer licenses conducting retail sales and/or providing samples would be subject to compliance with alcohol server training and liquor liability insurance requirements.
The legislation, which is cosponsored by Representatives Robert D. Phillips (D-Dist. 51, Woonsocket, Cumberland), Rep. David J. Place (R-Dist. 47, Burrillville, Glocester), Rep. Daniel P. McKiernan (D-Dist. 7, Providence) and Rep. Gregg Amore (D-Dist. 65, East Providence), has been referred to the House Committee on Special Legislation. Similar legislation (2019-S 0068) has been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Roger A. Picard (D-Dist. 20, Woonsocket, Cumberland).
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Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903