People are going to miss a good mixed drink, and some establishments have their own signature drinks. Others may serve local beers on tap that aren't available in take-home containers. Plus, if you'd care to support your favorite local establishment right now, getting a drink with your meal can't hurt.
How do we get around artificial problems created by a needlessly complex state/local government hybrid system set up to control alcohol sales that, after the fact, became attractive to state and local government to deliver monopoly revenues?
Now that Senate Bill 290 and House Bill 363 have both passed and become law, I thought it timely to update the "What we can't have in NC" chart from my report earlier this year on North Carolina's ABC laws.
This bill would free up craft distilleries from burdensome rules that many of their peers in other states don't have to deal with. This could be particularly helpful for North Carolina's distilleries because distilleries are so dependent upon sales to local consumers.
Since the end of Prohibition, NC distilleries have faced a very restrictive regulatory environment, even more so than wineries and breweries. The good news is that relaxing these restrictions can bring about catch-up growth in the distillery industry here.
In two reports this year, the John Locke Foundation has made the case for modernizing and adopting a license model for liquor sales in North Carolina. That's the kind of model North Carolina already has for beer and wine.