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Article - Alcoholic Beverages




§2–202.

    (a)    There is a Class 1 distillery license.

    (b)    The license shall be obtained for each trade name and each distillery in the State.

    (c)    A license holder may:

        (1)    establish and operate a plant for distilling, rectifying, blending, and bottling, at the location described in the license:

            (i)    brandy;

            (ii)    rum;

            (iii)    whiskey;

            (iv)    alcohol; and

            (v)    neutral spirits;

        (2)    sell and deliver the alcoholic beverages:

            (i)    in bulk to a person in the State that is authorized to acquire them; and

            (ii)    to a person outside the State that is authorized to acquire them;

        (3)    manufacture an alcoholic beverage listed in item (1) of this subsection in the name of another person or under a trade name if the other person or trade name also holds a Class 1 distillery license;

        (4)    acquire alcoholic beverages from the holder of a manufacturer’s license or wholesaler’s license or nonresident dealer’s permit for use in manufacturing;

        (5)    (i)    conduct guided tours of the licensed premises;

            (ii)    at no cost or for a fee, serve to an individual who has attained the legal drinking age and participated in a guided tour of the licensed premises, not more than 2 ounces of products, with each product sample consisting of not more than one–half ounce from a single product manufactured by the license holder;

            (iii)    serve samples blended with other products manufactured by the license holder or nonalcoholic ingredients; and

            (iv)    sell not more than 2.25 liters of products manufactured on the licensed premises, for off–premises consumption, and related merchandise to an individual who has attained the legal drinking age and participated in a guided tour of the licensed premises; and

        (6)    subject to subsection (i) of this section, sell liquor manufactured by the license holder that is mixed with other nonalcoholic ingredients.

    (d)    A license holder or entity in which a license holder has a pecuniary interest may not act as a caterer of food.

    (e)    Subject to subsection (f) of this section, a license holder may conduct the activities specified in subsections (c)(5) and (i)(2) of this section from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day.

    (f)    A Class 1 distillery license allows the license holder to operate 7 days a week.

    (g)    At least 14 days before holding a planned promotional event after 6 p.m., a license holder shall file a notice of the promotional event with the Comptroller on the form that the Comptroller provides.

    (h)    A holder of a caterer’s license or privilege under Subtitle 5 of this title or Subtitle 12 of various titles of Division II of this article may exercise the privileges of the license or privilege on the licensed premises of the license holder.

    (i)    (1)    A local licensing board may grant an on–site consumption permit for use at the location of the Class 1 distillery license to a holder of a Class 1 distillery license.

        (2)    (i)    The permit authorizes the holder to sell mixed drinks made from liquor that the holder produces that is mixed with other nonalcoholic ingredients for on–premises consumption.

            (ii)    The holder may not use more than an aggregate of 7,750 gallons annually of liquor the holder produces for mixed drinks sold under subparagraph (i) of this paragraph.

        (3)    A local licensing board:

            (i)    may establish and charge a permit fee; and

            (ii)    shall require the permit holder to:

                1.    comply with the alcohol awareness requirements under § 4–505 of this article; and

                2.    abide by all applicable trade practice restrictions.

    (j)    Nothing in this section limits the application of relevant provisions of Title 21 of the Health – General Article, and regulations adopted under that title, to a license holder.

    (k)    The annual license fee is $2,000.