Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Changes To Tennessee's Alcohol Laws Take Effect Today

Some new changes involving the sale of beer are taking effect today s part of the Wine-In-Grocery Stores Bill and High Gravity Beer Bill.  Here's what you need to know:

- Liquor stores can now sell low gravity beer (-6.25% ABV) and other items, "Related to or incidental to the use, consumption, dispensing, or storage of alcoholic beverages, together with merchandise and supplies related to special events or parties."  That includes glassware, ice trays, snacks, and more.

- Liquor stores can now fill growlers... including high gravity beer (+6.25% ABV).  Red Dog Wine & Spirits in Franklin, TN and Craft Brewed in Nashville have both begun filling growlers with high gravity beer today.

- Also for the first time today, breweries can serve their high gravity offerings at their taproom.  Yazoo will be tapping Sue - their imperial smoked porter - for the first time today.

- By law, liquor stores must check everyone's ID when purchasing alcohol as of today.

- While portions of the Wine-In-Grocery Stores Bill are rolling out today, wine will not be available in grocery stores until July 1, 2016 pending voter approval in local referendums.  Additionally, any grocery store within 500 feet of a liquor store will have to wait to sell wine until July 1, 2017.

- While breweries are able sell their high gravity offerings today as part of the High Gravity Beer Bill, the definition of high gravity beer will not change from 5% ABW (6.25 ABV) to 8% AVW (10% ABV) until January 1, 2017.

We'll keep you posted as changes continue to occur.  Make sure that you follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date.  Also, please note that we will be making some revisions to the site to accommodate all of the changes; please bear with us in the mean time!

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