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Alcohol board undecided on distillery cocktail rules

October 18, 2017

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska alcohol board was unable to decide whether Alaska’s nine operating distilleries should be able to continue serving cocktails in their sampling rooms, which leaves existing procedures in place.

Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office Director Erika McConnell said with the board’s inaction, distilleries can keep serving cocktails and will not receive notices that they are violating state regulations, the Juneau Empire reported .

Alaska distilleries have been allowed to operate tasting rooms since 2014 as long as not more than 3 ounces (0.1 liters) of the distillery’s product is served to one person in a day. But in June, regulators received a complaint about a distillery serving mixed drinks. The Control Office investigated and issued an advisory.

The question at hand is whether the board has the ability to regulate non-alcoholic mixers.

“We are kind of in a stalemate,” McConnell said.

The board tied 2-2 on a motion intended to guide the staff of the Control Office. Board chairman Bob Klein was recused from the vote because he works for a distillery.

“It’s gotten to the point of being absurd,” board vice chairman Ellen Ganley said.

The board is again scheduled to consider the topic in November.


Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com

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