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NO. 25. AN ACT TO PERMIT WINERIES TO SELL DIRECTLY TO RESTAURANTS.

(H.90)

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1. 7 V.S.A. § 2(15) is amended to read:

(15) "Manufacturer’s or rectifier’s license": the liquor control board may grant to a manufacturer or a rectifier a license to manufacture or rectify, as the case may be, malt beverages and vinous beverages for export and for sale to bottlers or wholesale dealers, and the liquor control board may grant to a manufacturer or a rectifier a license to manufacture or rectify, as the case may be, spirituous liquors for export and for sale to the liquor control board, upon application of such manufacturer or rectifier and the payment to the liquor control board of the license fee of $150.00 for either license. The liquor control board may grant to a licensed manufacturer or rectifier a first class restaurant or cabaret license or first and third class restaurant or cabaret license permitting the licensee to sell alcoholic beverages to the public only at the manufacturer’s premises. A manufacturer of malt beverages who also holds a first class restaurant or cabaret license may serve to a customer malt beverages by the glass, not to exceed eight glasses at one time and not to exceed four ounces in each glass. The liquor control board may grant to a licensed manufacturer or a rectifier of malt beverages a second class license permitting the licensee to sell alcoholic beverages to the public only at the manufacturer’s or rectifier’s premises. Upon application and payment of the license fee of $50.00, the liquor control board may grant to a licensed manufacturer or rectifier of vinous beverages up to four fourth class licenses permitting the licensee to sell such beverages by the bottle to the public at the licensed premises provided that such beverages were produced by fermentation by the manufacturer or rectifier in Vermont. However, in no case may a person with an interest in more than one manufacturer’s or rectifier’s license have an interest in more than four fourth class licenses. The manufacturer or rectifier shall pay directly to the commissioner of taxes, the sum of twenty-six and one-half cents per gallon for every gallon of malt beverage and the sum of fifty-five cents per gallon for each gallon of vinous beverage manufactured by the manufacturer or rectifier and provided for sale pursuant to the first class license or the second class license or the fourth class license or combination thereof held by the manufacturer or rectifier. Holders of a manufacturer’s or rectifier’s second class or fourth class license may distribute, with or without charge, malt or vinous beverages by the glass, not to exceed two ounces per product and eight ounces in total, to all persons having attained the age of majority, which must be consumed upon the premises of the holder of the license. At the request of a person holding a first class or second class license, a holder of a manufacturer’s or rectifier’s license may distribute without charge to the management and staff of the license holder, provided they are of legal drinking age, no more than four ounces per person of a malt beverage or two ounces per person of a vinous beverage for the purpose of promoting the beverage. Written notice shall be provided to the department of liquor control at least 10 days prior to the date of the tasting. A licensed manufacturer or rectifier of vinous beverages may sell up to 2,000 gallons of vinous beverages manufactured in Vermont on invoice directly to first class and second class licensees provided the manufacturer or rectifier pays to the department an annual fee of $200.00. The beverages may be delivered to the first class or second class licensee by common carrier or the manufacturer or rectifier’s own vehicles.

Approved: May 21, 2001