Governor signs omnibus alcohol law to strengthen industry and increase tourism

sb11 signingOn Tuesday, Gov. Matt Bevin ceremoniously signed into law Senate Bill 11, the omnibus alcohol bill that makes changes to the regulation of the state’s hospitality industry, taking an important step for the state’s signature bourbon industry thereby leveraging the bourbon boom and leveling the playing field with beer and wine.

The new law permits distilleries to sell by-the-drink, which allows for the sale of cocktails and helps sell the product by providing a more enjoyable experience for the customer.

It also raised the limit for bottle sales for distilleries to 4.5 liters a day, up from the current 3 liters.

At the bill signing Tuesday, Gov. Bevin thanked the beverage industry for working so hard on this issue and explained his support for removing government barriers to business.

Bill sponsor state Sen. John Schickel noted that worldwide people are asking about Kentucky bourbon and said that the state’s craft brewers are literally changing the urban core as wineries are changing the rural landscape. Schickel said the law has been a long time coming and will change the landscape of the industries in Kentucky.

Other provisions in the new law include an increased sample size at distilleries, authorization of by-the-drink consumption while riding a commercial quadricycle like Thirsty Pedaler, and a ban on powder and crystal forms of alcohol.


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