It’s plenty obvious North Carolina need a better, freer, 21st century system for liquor sales. But it’s a real quandary how we’re going to get there to the satisfaction of all the different government factions involved.
That much is evident from a January 27 article in The News & Observer on how House Bill 971, which would make North Carolina a license state for selling liquor, is unlikely to receive a vote this year. It could lead to more study of the matter.
- Why don’t we let bars and taverns hold “Happy Hours” and offer targeted drink specials like “Ladies Night”? They can in 42 other states.
- Why don’t we give distilleries more freedom to provide tastings? They’re more restricted here than in 40 other states.
- Why don’t we let distilleries hold for-profit events? They can in at least 26 other states.
- Why don’t we let distilleries sell bottles at fairs and farmers markets? They can in at least 16 other states.
- Why don’t we tax ciders and perries like beer instead of wine? The federal government does. But North Carolina places ciders and perries under a 62 percent higher tax rate.
- Why don’t we distilleries sell drinks and bottles off-site? They can in at least 21 other states.
- Why don’t we distilleries self-distribute? They can in at least 21 other states.
- Why don’t we let bars and taverns offer special drink promotions like 2-for-1, buy-1/get-1-free, buy one for regular price and get the next one for a nickel, buy a meal and get a free drink, etc.? They can in at least 18 other states.
- Why don’t we let people under 21 consume alcohol in private with parental consent? They can in 29 other states.
- Why don’t we allow package liquor sales on Sundays or holidays (New Year’s Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, or Christmas Day)? They do in 45 other states.
- Why don’t we treat alcohol sales on Sundays the same as on any other day of the week? They do in 40 other states.