"Alcohol" shall mean ethyl alcohol whatever its origin and shall include synthetic ethyl alcohol but not denatured alcohol.
"Beer" shall mean any beverage obtained by the fermentation of barley, malt, hops, or any other similar product or substitute, and containing more alcohol than that of nonintoxicating beer.
"Nonintoxicating beer" shall mean any beverage, obtained by the fermentation of barley, malt, hops, or similar products or substitute, and containing not more alcohol than that specified by section two, article sixteen, chapter eleven.
"Wine" shall mean any alcoholic beverage obtained by the fermentation of the natural content of fruits, or other agricultural products, containing sugar.
"Spirits" shall mean any alcoholic beverage obtained by distillation and mixed with potable water and other substances in solution, and includes brandy, rum, whiskey, cordials and gin.
"Alcoholic liquor" shall include alcohol, beer, wine and spirits, and any liquid or solid capable of being used as a beverage, but shall not include nonintoxicating beer.
"Original package" shall mean any closed or sealed container or receptacle used for holding alcoholic liquor.
"Sale" shall mean any transfer, exchange or barter in any manner or by any means, for a consideration, and shall include all sales made by principal, proprietor, agent or employee.
"Selling" shall include solicitation or receipt of orders; possession for sale; and possession with intent to sell.
"Person" shall mean an individual, firm, partnership, limited partnership, corporation or voluntary association.
"Manufacture" means to distill, rectify, ferment, brew, make, mix, concoct, process, blend, bottle, or fill an original package with any alcoholic liquor.
"Manufacturer" shall mean any person engaged in the manufacture of any alcoholic liquor, and among others includes a distiller, a rectifier, a wine maker and a brewer.
"Brewery" shall mean an establishment where beer is manufactured or in any way prepared.
"Winery" shall mean an establishment where wine is manufactured or in any way prepared.
"Distillery" shall mean an establishment where alcoholic liquor other than wine or beer is manufactured or in any way prepared.
"Public place" shall mean any place, building or conveyance to which the public has, or is permitted to have access, including restaurants, soda fountains, hotel dining rooms, lobbies, and corridors of hotels and any highway, street, lane, park or place of public resort or amusement: Provided, That the term "public place" shall not mean or include any of the above-named places or any portion or portions thereof which qualify and are licensed under the provisions of this chapter to sell alcoholic liquors for consumption on the premises.
"State liquor store" shall mean a store established and operated by the commission under this chapter for the sale of alcoholic liquor in the original package for consumption off the premises.
"An agency" shall mean a drugstore, grocery store or general store designated by the commission as a retail distributor of alcoholic liquor for the West Virginia alcohol beverage control commissioner.
"Department" shall mean the organization through which the commission exercises powers imposed upon it by this chapter.
"Commissioner" or "Commission" shall mean the West Virginia alcohol beverage control commissioner.
"Intoxicated" shall mean having one's faculties impaired by alcohol or other drugs to the point where physical or mental control or both are markedly diminished.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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