- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina distilleries can now begin limited sales directly to customers.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported (https://avlne.ws/1RhJt3P) that a law taking effect Thursday allows distilleries to sell one bottle of liquor to a customer each year.

Previously, all sales had to go through the state’s ABC liquor stores.

Asheville Distilling owner Troy Ball says the limited sales are a start. Ball says out-of-state customers who come in expect to be able to buy a bottle because other states allow those sales.

Other western North Carolina distilleries say they also want to sell directly to the public. But it was not clear when they will begin sales.

There is uncertainty about keeping track of purchases so that repeat visitors will not be able to buy a second bottle in a 12-month period.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, https://www.citizen-times.com


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