What You Might Have Missed on North Carolina’s Brunch Bill

What You Might Have Missed on North Carolina’s Brunch Bill

The Skinny on the Brunch Bill

Our friends over at the Edible Coast recently posted a blog breaking down North Carolina’s brunch bill.  Today being IPA Day seem to be the perfect time to highlight the bill since many of you will be able to get your IPAs a little early on Sunday if you’re planning a late celebration.

North Carolina Senate Bill 155 was signed into law by Governor Roy Cooper on June 30th and famously has become known as the “brunch bill.”  The most publicized change to liquor laws in this bill allows stores and restaurants to begin selling alcohol at 10:00am.  What you may not know is that local municipalities have to individually approve the bill for the ordinance to take effect in their communities.

Some municipalities have not yet passed the bill including Kure Beach, Nags Head, and New Bern for what appears to be morality reasons.   Some fear earlier sales of alcohol may deter some from attending church or affect the family friendliness of tourist areas.  In contrast, the revenue associated with earlier sales has likely been a factor in the adoption of the brunch bill by many communities.

Other changes allowed by SB 155 include:

  • Craft distilleries can sell up to five bottles of spirits to visitors and offer quarter-ounce samples with a permit
  • Legalized 32-ounce crowler cans
  • Farm breweries can sell beer even in dry counties
  • Home brewers and winemakers can offer samples at events.

What are your feelings on the change in North Carolina alcohol sales laws?  Have a “hoppy” IPA day!

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The Lowdown on North Carolina’s Brunch Bill

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