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    “They say there’s equitable treatment but there obviously isn’t.”

    The policy and legal battle over regulations impacting craft brewers is the subject of this recent Charlotte Observer story. Becki Gray, a senior vice president of the John Locke Foundation, a Raleigh-based conservative group that supports the craft brewers, said the Anheuser-Busch franchise agreement shows “that rhetoric that…
    Donna Martinez, May 30, 2017
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    You’re Invited: Tracing the History of Craft Spirits in North Carolina

    Bring your lunch and join us Monday at noon for a fascinating look at the craft spirit industry in North Carolina. John Trump – the author of “Still & Barrel” – will trace the history of manufacturing moonshine whiskey, gin, vodka, and rum. He’ll also talk about the almost 50 distilleries…
    Donna Martinez, May 21, 2017
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    Stories keep mentioning North Carolina’s weird alcohol regulations

    Bourbon blogger Michael R. Veach visited The Crunkleton bar in Chapel Hill and opened his review with this: North Carolina is a control state, meaning the state government controls alcohol sales in the state. It was not that long ago that bars did not exist as we know them in…
    Jon Sanders, February 22, 2016
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    Sin taxes make up 2.7% of NC’s total tax collections

    According to a Governing article, State sin tax collections exceeded $32 billion in fiscal year 2014, representing roughly 3.8 percent of total tax revenues. While they’re not a major source of revenue in most states, some do rely on them much more than others. Sin taxes account for the…
    Sarah Curry, August 27, 2015