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I Got Some Action at the August Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission Meeting

07.05.17
Today's August 26, 2014 Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission meeting featured some notable firsts.  We like it when the ABC takes action in unchartered territory.

Reminds us of the classic disco tune "I Love The Nightlife" by Alicia Bridges from Adventures of Priscilla: Queen Of The Desert:

I want some action, I wanna live
Action, I got so much to give
I want to give it
I want to get some too
 
I love the nightlife, I got to boogie
On the disco 'round, yeah
I love the nightlife, I got to boogie
On the disco 'round, yeah
 
Wineries.

Bootleggers Homemade Wine LLC in Gatlinburg was approved for the first satellite winery under new 2014 legislation PC 1015.  Bootleggers will open a satellite store in nearby Pigeon Forge.

The satellite winery law allows Tennessee wineries to open up to two additional retail stores for tastings and sales of bottles and merchandise.  Satellite wineries cannot make or bottle wine.

In addition, the new winery law allows wineries to hold a restaurant or limited service restaurant LBD license.  Previously, winery owners were prohibited from owning a restaurant.

We see the new privileges as being very positive for the winery business in Tennessee.

Wholesalers.

Tennessee passed legislation that significantly expanded the location of liquor wholesalers.  The new law allows liquor wholesalers to be located in any "county in which the voters of any municipality or other jurisdiction within that county have approved retail package sales or consumption of alcoholic beverages on premises by referendum as provided in this title."

Holston Beverages was the first wholesaler approved by the Tennessee ABC under the new law.  Holston primarily serves the tri-cities: Kingsport, Johnson City, and Bristo.  Previously, state law required Holston to be located in Knoxville.

Bone McAllester Norton Alcoholic Beverage team member Rob Pinson represented Bootleggers and Holston today at the ABC.

License Revocation.

In what we believe to be a first for the Commissioners appointed by Governor Haslam to the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission, Commissioners voted to revoke the liquor license of a retail liquor store. The manager was accused of lying to the ABC in connection with a no buy, based on a falsified letter.

The take away is never ever lie to the ABC.  Whatever you may have done, it most likely pales in comparison to the punishment you will get from trying to conceal the truth from the ABC.

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