- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A smorgasbord of North Carolina alcohol law changes now one more vote away from Gov. Pat McCrory’s signature would allow distilleries to sell their products to people who tour their operations.

The House gave initial approval Wednesday to the Senate’s changes to the measure, which allows liquor to be sold somewhere beyond government-run Alcoholic Beverage Control stores. Distillery tour participants could buy one bottle in a year.

Rep. John Bell of Goldsboro called distillery sales a benefit for local economies and job creation. But critic Rep. Shelly Willingham of Rocky Mount says the move would set the stage for more sales outside ABC stores.

The bill given tentative approval 72-44 also bans alcohol in powdered form before reaching North Carolina markets and allows growler sales for hard cider and wine.

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