(a) No person shall be licensed in more than one capacity under the terms of this article, and there shall be no connection whatsoever between any retailer, distributor, resident brewer or brewer, and no person shall be interested directly or indirectly through the ownership of corporate stock, membership in a partnership, or in any other way in the business of a retailer, if such person is at the same time interested in the business of a brewer, resident brewer or distributor. A resident brewer may act as distributor in a limited capacity for his or her own product from such resident brewery, place of manufacture or bottling, but a resident brewer is not permitted to act as a distributor as defined in section three of this article: Provided, That nothing in this article may prevent a resident brewer from using the services of licensed distributors as specified in this article. A resident brewer or distributor may sell to a consumer for personal use and not for resale, draught beer in quantities of one-eighth, one- fourth and one-half barrels in the original containers. A resident brewer owning a brewpub may sell nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft beer produced by the brewpub in a sealed growler, cans or bottles for personal consumption off of a licensed premise and not for resale.
(b) It is unlawful for any brewer, resident brewer, manufacturer or distributor to assist any retailer or for any retailer to accept assistance from any brewer, manufacturer or distributor any gifts or loans or forebearance of money or property of any kind, nature or description, or other thing of value or by the giving of any rebates or discounts of any kind whatsoever except as may be permitted by rule, regulation, or order promulgated by the commissioner in accordance with this article.
Notwithstanding paragraphs (a) and (b) above, a brewpub may
offer for retail sale nonintoxicating beer or nonintoxicating craft
beer so long as the sale of the nonintoxicating beer or
nonintoxicating craft beer is limited to the brewpub premises,
except for up to two growlers per customer for personal consumption
off of a licensed premises and not for resale.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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