SB234

By Senator Holtzclaw

ENROLLED, An Act,

Relating to alcoholic beverages; to amend Sections 28-3A-6 and 28-4A-3, Code of Alababma 1975, to clarify that manufacturers and brewpubs are not required to maintain name, address, or other personal demographic information for certain sales.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA:

Section 1. Sections 28-3A-6 and 28-4A-3, Code of Alabama 1975, are amended to read as follows:

28-3A-6.

"(a) Upon applicant's compliance with the provisions of this chapter and the regulations made thereunder, the board shall issue to applicant a manufacturer license which shall authorize the licensee to manufacture or otherwise distill, produce, ferment, brew, bottle, rectify, or compound alcoholic beverages within this state or for sale or distribution within this state. No person shall manufacture or otherwise distill, produce, ferment, brew, bottle, rectify or compound alcoholic beverages within this state or for sale or distribution within this state or to the state, the board, or any licensee of the board, unless such person or the authorized representative of the person shall be granted a manufacturer license issued by the board.

"(b) No manufacturer licensee shall sell any alcoholic beverages direct to any retailer or for consumption on the premises where sold except as specified under subsection (h), nor sell or deliver any such alcoholic beverages in other than original containers approved as to capacity by the board and in accordance with standards of fill prescribed by the U. S. Treasury Department, nor maintain or operate within the state any place or places, other than the place or places covered by the manufacturer license, where alcoholic beverages are sold or where orders are taken.

"(c) Each manufacturer licensee shall be required to file with the board, prior to making any sales in Alabama a list of its labels to be sold in Alabama and shall file with the board its federal certificate of label approvals or its certificates of exemption as required by the U. S. Treasury Department. All liquors and wines whose labels have not been registered as herein provided for shall be considered contraband and may be seized by the board or its agents, or any peace officer of the State of Alabama without a warrant and the goods shall be delivered to the board and disposed of as provided by law.

"(d) All such manufacturer licensees shall be required to mail to the board prior to the twentieth day of each month a consolidated report of all shipments of alcoholic beverages made to each wholesaler during the preceding month. Such reports shall be in such form and containing such information as the board may prescribe.

"(e) Every manufacturer shall keep at its principal place of business within the state, daily permanent records which shall show the quantities of raw materials received and used in the manufacture of alcoholic beverages, and the quantities of alcoholic beverages manufactured and stored, the sale of alcoholic beverages, the quantities of alcoholic beverages stored for hire or transported for hire by or for the licensee and the names and addresses of the purchasers or other recipients thereof.

"(f) Every place licensed as a manufacturer shall be subject to inspection by members of the board or by persons duly authorized and designated by the board at any and all times of the day or night as they may deem necessary, for the detection of violations of this chapter, of any law, or of the rules and regulations of the board, or for the purpose of ascertaining the correctness of the records required to be kept by the licensees. The books and records of such licensees shall, at all times, be open to inspection by members of the board, or by persons duly authorized and designated by the board. Members of the board and its duly authorized agents shall have the right, without hindrance, to enter any place which is subject to inspection hereunder, or any place where such records are kept for the purpose of making such inspections and making transcripts thereof.

"(g) Licenses issued under this section shall, unless revoked in the manner provided in this chapter, be valid for the license year commencing January 1 of each year.

"(h)(1) A manufacturer licensee actively and continuously engaged in the manufacture of alcoholic beverages on the manufacturer's licensed premises in the state may conduct tastings or samplings on the licensed premises, as regulated by the ABC Board except as to quantity and hours of operation, or as otherwise provided by statute, and for that purpose give away or sell alcoholic beverages manufactured there for consumption on only one premises where manufactured.

"All alcoholic beverages manufactured and retained on the manufacturer's licensed premises for tasting or sampling shall remain on the premises and be dispensed from a barrel or keg or other original containers.

"(2) Notwithstanding subdivision (1), a manufacturer licensee engaged in the manufacture of less than 60,000 barrels of beer per year may sell at retail on its licensed premises in the state, for off-premises consumption, beer produced at that licensed premises; provided, however, beer sold for off-premises consumption: May not exceed 288 ounces per customer per day; may not be produced pursuant to a contract with another manufacturer; and shall be sealed, labeled, packaged, and taxed in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations. For purposes of this subdivision, beer produced by a parent, subsidiary, or affiliate of the licensee, or by a contract brewery, regardless of where the beer is produced, shall be included for purposes of calculating the 60,000 barrel limit.

"(3) A manufacturer licensee engaged in the manufacture of liquor on the manufacturer's licensed premises in the state may sell at retail on its licensed premises, for off-premises consumption, liquor manufactured at that licensed premises; provided, however, liquor sold for off-premises consumption may not exceed 750 milliliters per customer per day and shall be sealed, labeled, packaged, and taxed in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations. The manufacturer licensee shall keep and maintain records for three years of all sales for off-premises consumption.

"(4) Notwithstanding subdivision (1), the board may grant a permit allowing a manufacturer licensee engaged in the manufacture of less than 50,000 gallons of table wine per year in the state to establish and operate one additional off-site tasting room to be used to conduct tastings or samplings and to sell at retail the licensee's table wine. The board may also grant a single permit allowing an association representing the majority of wineries and grape growers in the state to establish and operate one off-site tasting room to be used to conduct tastings and samplings and to sell at retail table wines produced by wine manufacturer licensees in the state. An applicant for an off-site tasting room permit shall file a written application with the board in such form and containing such information as the board may prescribe, along with proof of consent and approval from the appropriate governing authority in which the off-site tasting room is to be located and a filing fee of fifty dollars ($50). All state and federal laws and regulations applicable to on-site tasting rooms shall apply to an off-site tasting room. Wine sold at an off-site tasting room for off-premises consumption may not exceed one case of wine per customer per day. For purposes of this subdivision, one case of wine means the equivalent of twelve 750-milliliter bottles of wine.

"(i)(1) In addition to the licenses provided for by Chapter 3A of this title, and any county or municipal license, there is levied on the manufacturer of the alcoholic beverages dispensed on the premises the privilege or excise tax imposed on beer by Sections 28-3-184 and 28-3-190; and imposed on table wine by Section 28-7-18; and imposed on liquor by Sections 28-3-200 to 28-3-205, inclusive. Every manufacturer licensee shall file the tax returns, pay the taxes, and perform all obligations imposed on wholesalers at the times and places set forth therein. It shall be unlawful for any manufacturer licensee who is required to pay the taxes so imposed in the first instance to fail or refuse to add to the sale price and collect from the purchaser the required amount of tax, it being the intent and purpose of this provision that each of the taxes levied is in fact a tax on the consumer, with the manufacturer licensee who pays the tax in the first instance acting merely as an agent of the state for the collection and payment of the tax levied by Section 28-3-184; as an agent for the county or municipality for the collection and payment of the tax levied by Section 28-3-190; as an agent for the county or municipality for collection and payment of the tax levied by Section 28-7-18; and as an agent for the state for collection and payment of the tax levied by Sections 28-3-200 to 28-3-205, inclusive.

"(2) The manufacturer licensee shall keep and maintain all records required to be kept and maintained by manufacturer, wholesaler, and retailer licensees for the tax so levied except that manufacturers are not required to maintain name, address, or other personal demographic information for sales as provided in 28-3A-6(h).

"(j) A manufacturer licensee engaged in the manufacture of beer in the state may donate and deliver up to two kegs of the manufacturer's beer to a licensed charitable special event operated by or on behalf of a nonprofit organization. Donations shall be taxed in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations. Any beer remaining at the conclusion of the charitable event shall be returned to the manufacturer for disposal.

"(k) A manufacturer licensee engaged in the manufacture of table wine in the state may donate and deliver up to two cases of the manufacturer's table wine to a licensed charitable special event operated by or on behalf of a nonprofit organization. Donations shall be taxed in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations. Any table wine remaining at the conclusion of the charitable event shall be returned to the manufacturer for disposal.

28-4A-3.

"(a) In addition to the licenses authorized to be issued and renewed by the board pursuant to the Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Code codified as Chapter 3A of this title, the board, upon applicant's compliance with the provisions of this chapter and with Chapter 3A and the regulations made thereunder, is authorized to issue to a qualified applicant a brewpub license which shall authorize the licensee to manufacture or brew beer, in a quantity not to exceed 10,000 barrels in any one year and to sell beer brewed on the licensed premises in unpackaged form at retail for on-premises consumption at the licensed premises only; to sell beer brewed on the licensed premises in packaged form at retail for off-premises consumption, provided the beer sold for off-premises consumption may not exceed 288 ounces per customer per day and shall be sealed, labeled, packaged, and taxed in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations; to sell beer brewed on the premises in original, unopened barrel or keg containers to any licensed wholesaler designated by a brewpub licensee pursuant to Sections 28-8-2 and 28-9-3 for resale to retail licensees; to donate and deliver up to two kegs of the licensee's beer to a licensed charitable special event operated by or on behalf of a nonprofit organization; provided, however, donations shall be taxed in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations, and any beer remaining at the conclusion of the charitable event shall be returned to the manufacturer for disposal; and to purchase beer, including draft or keg beer, in original, unopened containers from licensed wholesalers and to sell such beer at retail for on-premises consumption only, in a room or rooms or place on the licensed premises at all times accessible to the use and accommodation of the general public, subject to the following conditions:

"(1) The proposed location of the premises shall not, at the time of the original application, be prohibited by a valid zoning ordinance or other ordinance in the valid exercise of police power by the governing body of the municipality or county in which the brewpub is located.

"(2) Beer brewed by the brewpub licensee shall be packaged or contained in barrels from which the beer is to be dispensed only on the premises where brewed for consumption on the premises or sold in original, unopened barrel or keg containers to any designated wholesaler licensee for resale to retailer licensees.

"(3) The brewpub must contain and operate a restaurant or otherwise provide food for consumption on the premises.

"(4) The brewpub may not sell any alcoholic beverages if it is not actively and continuously engaged in the manufacture or brewing of alcoholic beverages on the brewpub's licensed premises.

"(b) The annual license fee levied and prescribed for a license as a brewpub issued or renewed by the board pursuant to the authority of this chapter is $1,000.

"(c) Except as provided in this subsection, the provisions of this title shall be applicable. The provisions of Section 28-3-4 and subsection (b) of Section 28-3A-6, shall not be applicable with regard to beer brewed by the brewpub and sold and dispensed on the brewpub premises. In all other respects, Section 28-3-4, and Section 28-3A-6(b), and 28-3A-6(i)(2) shall be applicable."

Section 2. This act shall become effective on the first day of the third month following its passage and approval by the Governor, or its otherwise becoming law.


Alcoholic Beverages
Beer
Brewpubs
Business and Commerce
Code Amended