House panel adds brewpubs and distilleries to bill allowing home delivery of sealed beer, wine and liquor

The House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 24, added brewpubs and distilleries to the entities that would be allowed to deliver sealed beer, wine and liquor directly to Alabamians who are 21 or older.

SB126 by Sen. J.T. “Jabo” Waggoner, R-Vestavia Hills, as amended, now goes to the full House for consideration. It creates a delivery service license in Alabama. If the House approves the amended bill, it will have to go back to the Senate for final approval. The House companion, HB229 Rep. Gil Isbell, R-Gadsden, is also ready for House consideration.

The legislation creates a delivery service license that permits the transportation and delivery of the equivalent of up to 120, 12-ounce containers of beer; up to 288 ounces of draft beer; up to 12, 750 milliliter bottles of wine (9,000 milliliters); up to 9,000 milliliters of spirits sold by off-premises licensees; up to 2.25 liters of spirits from a distillery; and up to 375 milliliters of spirits sold by restaurant licensees within a 24-hour period to individuals for personal use.

In addition to traditional delivery services and brewpubs or alcohol manufacturers with off-premise retail privileges, off-premise alcohol sales licensees as well as those with an on-premise restaurant retail liquor license are eligible to apply for a delivery service license. Sealed alcohol from on-premise restaurants must be delivered with meals, under these bills. Businesses granted a delivery service license must have equipment to scan customer IDs at the point of delivery to verify recipients are 21 or older.

The amended versions of the bills prohibit delivery to a location more than 75 miles from the retail business where the delivery originated. The license and renewal fee required for a delivery service license would be $250.

Waggoner and Isbell both presented similar bills in the 2020 regular session.

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