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HB2522 SUB
COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE

FOR

H. B. 2522

( By Delegates Argento, DeLong, Manchin, Stemple Pino, Amores and Webster )


(Originating in the Committee on the Judiciary)

[March 18, 2005]


A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §60-1-5b; to amend and reenact §60-4-2, §60-4-3 and §60-4-15 of said code; to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §60-4-3a; and to amend and reenact §60-6-1 and §60-6-2 of said code, all relating to creating and licensing mini-distilleries; allowing the tasting and limited retail sales of liquor produced by a mini-distillery at the licensed premise; establishing requirements and limitations for licensees for sales and free samples of liquor products; requiring a portion of all retail sales to be distributed to certain retailers; and establishing a licensure fee.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §60-1-5b; that §60-4-2, §60-4-3 and §60-4-15 be amended and reenacted; that said code be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §60-4-3a; and that §60-6-1 and §60-6-2 of said code be amended and reenacted, all to read as follows:
ARTICLE 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS.
§60-1-5b.
Mini-distilleries defined.

For the purpose of this chapter: "Mini-distillery" means an establishment where in any year no more than twenty thousand gallons of alcoholic liquor is manufactured with no less than twenty-five percent of raw agricultural products being produced by the owner of the mini-distillery on the premises of that establishment, and no more than twenty-five percent of raw agricultural products originating from any source outside this state: Provided, That the maximum allotted production amounts shall not exceed the annual incremental production limitations provided for pursuant to section three-a of this article: Provided However, That a distillery licensed and operating as of the effective date of this section that applies for designation by the Commissioner as a mini-distillery shall be eligible to be licensed as a mini- distillery without compliance with the requirements for the percentage use of on-premises grown and in-state raw agricultural products.
ARTICLE 4. LICENSES.
§60-4-2. Licenses for manufacture.
The Commission may grant licenses for the manufacture of alcoholic liquors. Separate licenses shall be issued to the following classes of manufacturing establishments:
(1) Distilleries, in which only alcoholic liquors other than wine or beer shall be is manufactured;
(2) Wineries, in which only wines shall be are manufactured;
(3) Breweries, in which beer shall be is manufactured;
(4) Bottling plants, in which beer only shall be is bottled;
(5) Industrial plants, in which alcohol is distilled, manufactured, or otherwise produced for scientific, chemical, mechanical, or industrial purposes; and
(6) Farm wineries, in which only wines shall be are manufactured and from which the wine so manufactured may be served or sold or both served and sold in accordance with the provisions of this chapter; and
(7) Mini-distilleries.
§60-4-3. To whom licensed manufacturer may sell.
(a) A person who is licensed to manufacture alcoholic liquors in this state may sell such liquors in this state only to the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Commissioner, and to wholesalers and retailers licensed as provided in this chapter: Provided, That a holder of a farm winery license may sell wines and a holder of a mini-distillery license may sell alcoholic liquors manufactured by it in this state in accordance with the provisions of section two, article six of this chapter. Hours of retail sale by a farm winery or mini-distillery shall be is subject to regulation by the Commissioner. The Commissioner shall may not promulgate any rule or regulation which prohibits the holder of a farm winery license from the advertising of a particular brand or brands of wine produced by it, and the price thereof: Provided, however, That price shall may not be advertised in medium of electronic communication subject to the jurisdiction of the Federal Communications Commission. A manufacturer may sell alcoholic liquors outside of the state.
§60-4-3a. Special Mini-distillery license to manufacture and sell.
(a)
Sales of liquor- An operator of a mini-distillery may offer liquor for retail sale to customers from the mini-distillery for consumption off premises only. Except for free complimentary samples offered pursuant to section one, article six of this chapter, customers are prohibited from consuming any liquor on the premises of the mini-distillery.
(b)
Retail sales- Every licenced mini-distillery shall comply with the provisions of sections nine, eleven, thirteen, sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, nineteen, twenty-two, twenty-three, twenty- four, twenty-five and twenty-six of article three-a of this chapter, and the provisions of article three and four of this chapter applicable to liquor retailers and distillers.
(c)
Payment of taxes and fees- The mini-distillery shall pay all taxes and fees required of licensed retailers and meet applicable licensing provisions as required by this chapter and by rule of the Commissioner.
(d)
Payments to market zone retailers- Each mini-distillery shall submit to the Commissioner ten percent of the gross sales price or each retail liquor sale for the value of all sales at the mini-distillery each month. This collection shall be distributed by the Commissioner, at least quarterly, to each market zone retailer located in the mini-distillery's market zone, proportionate to each market zone retailer's annual gross prior years pre-tax value sales.
(e)
Limitations on licensees- No mini-distillery may produce more than three thousand gallons of product the initial two years of licensure. The mini-distillery may increase production by two thousand gallons following the initial twenty-four month period of licensure, and may increase production each subsequent twenty-four month period by two thousand gallons, not to exceed twenty thousand gallons a year of total production. A Licensed mini-distillery may not sell more than ten thousand gallons per calendar year at the mini-distillery location. No more than one mini-distillery licence may be issued to a single person or entity.
§60-4-15. Amount of license fees.
A person to whom a license is issued under the provisions of this chapter shall pay annually to the Commissioner a license fee as follows, for:
(1) Distilleries, one thousand five hundred dollars;
(2) Wineries, one thousand five hundred dollars;
(3) Breweries, two hundred fifty dollars;
(4) Bottling plants, one hundred dollars;
(5) Wholesale druggists, fifty dollars;
(6) Institutions, ten dollars;
(7) Industrial use, fifty dollars;
(8) Industrial plants producing alcohol, two hundred fifty dollars;
(9) Retail druggists, ten dollars;
(10) Farm wineries, fifty dollars;
(11) Mini-distilleries, fifty dollars.
ARTICLE 6. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS.
§60-6-1. When lawful to possess, use or serve alcoholic liquors.
The provisions of this chapter shall may not prevent:
(1) A person from keeping and possessing alcoholic liquors in his or her residence for the personal use of himself or herself, his or her family, his or her servants employee or his or her guests if such the alcoholic liquors shall have been lawfully acquired by him or her;
(2) A person, his or her family, or servants employee from giving or serving such alcoholic liquors to guests in said the residence, when such the gift or service is not for the purpose of evading the provisions of this chapter; and
(3) The holder of a farm winery license from serving complimentary samples of its wine in moderate quantities for tasting at the winery premises; and
(4) The holder of a mini-distillery license from serving complimentary samples of its alcoholic liquor in moderate quantities for tasting at the distillery.
§60-6-2. When lawful to manufacture and sell wine and cider.
The provisions of this chapter shall may not prevent:
(1) A person from manufacturing wine at his or her residence for consumption at his or her residence as permitted by section one of this article;
(2) A person from manufacturing and selling unfermented cider;
(3) A person from manufacturing and selling cider made from apples produced by him or her within this state to persons holding distillery licenses, but if the manufacture and sale shall be is under the supervision and regulation of the Commissioner;
(4) A person from manufacturing and selling wine made from fruit produced by him or her within this state to persons holding winery licenses, but if the manufacture and sale shall be is under the supervision and regulation of the Commissioner; and
(5) The holder of a farm winery license from selling wine produced by it directly to consumers at the winery and at one off-farm winery location or to any other person who is licensed under this chapter to sell wine either at wholesale or at retail: Provided, That the winery may ship wines from the farm winery without the bonding requirements of a transporter: Provided, however, That notwithstanding any other provisions of law to the contrary, an individual or licensee in a state which affords the wineries of this state equal reciprocal shipping privileges may ship for personal use and not for resale not more than two cases of wine per month to any adult resident in this state. For purposes of this subdivision, "wine" includes dessert wines manufactured exclusively by natural fermentation and port, sherry and Madeira wines having an alcoholic content of not more than twenty-two percent alcohol by volume and which have been matured in wooden barrels or casks; and
(6) The holder of a mini-distillery license from selling alcoholic liquor for off premises consumption sold retail at the distillery.
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