Alcoholic Beverage Commission backs off enforcement of infused drinks prohibition

Monday, June 24, 2013 at 5:01pm

The director of the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission has backed off of plans to strictly enforce a prohibition on the selling of infused alcoholic beverages at bars and restaurants.

TABC’s Keith Bell said Monday his commission would not enforce an existing law at least for the foreseeable future while details for enforcement — and perhaps even a reversal of the law — are considered.

In a statement, Bell said, “Although the process of manufacturing infused alcoholic beverages, not for the consumer’s immediate consumption, by and on the premises of a Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) licensee’s on premises liquor by the drink restaurant remain violations of the Tennessee Code and TABC Rules, the TABC has nevertheless determined it to be in the public interest that the regulatory enforcement of this prohibition be indefinitely suspended in order to formulate workable guidelines and definitions so as to gauge the growing and changing taste and desires of the consuming public.”

Just last week Bell offered up reasons in support of enforcing the law, which has largely been ignored by both businesses and state officials, according to the Nashille Post.

Greg Adkins, president and CEO of the Tennessee Hospitality Association, also told Nashville Post that he hoped strict enforcement of the laws would be suspended until the next legislative session, when lawmakers may better address the matter.

4 Comments on this post:

By: JohnGalt on 6/25/13 at 8:50

The new kid on the block got bitch slapped by the booze boys for wanting to make his mark regardless of its impact on the bar/restaurant industry. Bet that won't happen again.

By: BigPapa on 6/25/13 at 9:51

What was the real motivation for this? I figure someone was trying to shut someone else out of the market.

By: Left-of-Local on 6/25/13 at 10:29

Good choice, jackass. Maybe next time we can just avoid the retarded laws in the first place. There is NO REASON this law ever made sense.

I'm too smart to think he came to this conclusion on his own. My presumption is that some strong words of encouragement might have come from the business world... and rightfully so.

When will my homeland, the south, GROW THE F*CK UP and stop with the busy-body meddling?

By: Left-of-Local on 6/25/13 at 10:38

OH... and let's also pause for a moment and see this as yet another example of what happens to well-meaning federal law when the local yokel dickbags attempt to interpret them.