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Introduced by   Representative Rodgers of Glover

Referred to Committee on


Subject:  Alcoholic beverages; malt beverages; alcohol content increase

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to permit malt beverages to have the same alcohol content as vinous beverages.


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

Sec. 1.  7 V.S.A. § 2(14) is amended to read:

(14)  “Malt beverages”:  all fermented beverages of any name or description manufactured for sale from malt, wholly or in part, or from any substitute therefor, known as beer, porter, ale, and stout, containing not less than one percent nor more than eight 16 percent of alcohol by volume at sixty 60 degrees fahrenheit Fahrenheit.  However, if such a beverage has an alcohol content of more than six percent and not more than eight 16 percent and has a terminal specific gravity of less than 1.009, it shall be deemed to be a spirit and not a malt beverage.  The holder of the certificate of approval or the manufacturer shall certify to the liquor control board the terminal specific gravity of the beverage when the alcohol content is more than six percent and not more than eight 16 percent.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont