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Statute Text

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Article - Alcoholic Beverages
§2–203.  
(a)   There is a Class 9 limited distillery license.
(b)   The limited distillery license may be issued only to a holder of a:
(1)   Class D beer, wine, and liquor license where sales for both on– and off–premises consumption are permitted for use on the premises for which the Class D license was issued; or
(2)   Class B beer, wine, and liquor license where sales for both on– and off–premises consumption are permitted for use on the premises for which the Class B license was issued.
(c)   A holder of the limited distillery license:
(1)   may establish and operate a plant in the State for distilling, rectifying, and bottling brandy, rum, whiskey, alcohol, and neutral spirits if the holder:
(i)   maintains only one brand at any one time for each product of brandy, rum, whiskey, alcohol, and neutral spirits that is distilled, rectified, and sold; and
(ii)   does not manufacture or rectify product of any other brand for another entity;
(2)   may acquire bulk alcoholic beverages from the holder of a distillery or rectifying license in the State or from the holder of a nonresident dealer’s permit;
(3)   after acquiring an individual storage permit, may store on the licensed premises those products manufactured under the license;
(4)   may sell and deliver those products manufactured under the license only to a licensed wholesaler in the State or person authorized to acquire distilled spirits in another state and not to a county dispensary;
(5)   may sell the products manufactured under the license at retail in a manner consistent with the underlying Class D or Class B license;
(6)   may conduct guided tours of that portion of the licensed premises used for the limited distillery operation; and
(7)   may serve not more than three samples of products manufactured at the licensed premises, with each sample consisting of not more than one–half ounce from a single product, to persons who:
(i)   have attained the legal drinking age;
(ii)   participated in a guided tour; and
(iii)   are present on that portion of the premises used for the limited distillery operation.
(d)   A holder of the limited distillery license may not:
(1)   apply for or possess a wholesaler’s license;
(2)   sell bottles of the products manufactured at the Class 9 limited distillery on that part of the premises used for the distillery operation;
(3)   except as provided in subsection (e) of this section, distill, rectify, bottle, or sell more than 100,000 gallons of brandy, rum, whiskey, alcohol, and neutral spirits each calendar year;
(4)   sell at retail on the premises of the Class D or Class B license, for on–sale or off–sale consumption, more than 15,500 gallons of the products manufactured under the license each calendar year; and
(5)   own, operate, or be affiliated in any manner with another manufacturer.
(e)   To distill more than the gallonage specified in subsection (d)(3) of this section, a holder of the limited distillery license shall divest itself of any Class D or Class B retail license and obtain a Class 1 distillery license.
(f)   A holder of the limited distillery license shall abide by all trade practice restrictions applicable to distilleries.
(g)   The annual license fee is $500.