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Article - Alcoholic Beverages


    (a)    There is a beer and wine tasting (BWT) license.

    (b)    The Board may issue the license to a holder of a Class A license.

    (c)    (1)    The license authorizes the holder to allow the on–premises consumption of beer and wine for tasting if the tasting is not conducted from a drive–through window.

        (2)    The license holder must notify the Board in writing at least 5 days before the event at which the license is to be used.

    (d)    (1)    An applicant for the license shall submit to the Board a license application on a form that the Board provides.

        (2)    The Board may issue the license without a public hearing.

        (3)    If an initial license application is denied, the applicant may request a public hearing before the Board.

        (4)    Renewal of the license may be made when the license holder’s Class A license is renewed.

    (e)    (1)    An individual may consume beer and wine covered by the license in a quantity of not more than:

            (i)    3 ounces from each offering of beer; and

            (ii)    1 ounce from each offering of wine.

        (2)    An individual may consume wine in a quantity of not more than 6 ounces from all offerings in a day.

    (f)    (1)    The bottles of wine that may be opened at any one time at a wine tasting event are:

            (i)    all of the bottles in a wine preservation system that the Board approves; and

            (ii)    not more than six other bottles of wine opened by a holder of a solicitor’s permit, the holder of the BWST license, or an employee of the license holder.

        (2)    After a bottle of beer or wine is opened for a tasting event:

            (i)    the bottle must be marked that it is to be used for that purpose only;

            (ii)    the contents of the bottle may not be mixed with that of any other bottle; and

            (iii)    the bottle shall be destroyed when empty.

    (g)    The annual license fee is $200.

    (h)    The Board shall adopt regulations to carry out this section.

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