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Specifically, LB 274 made permanent several changes to alcohol service in Nebraska that had been temporarily allowed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020.
First, LB 274 allows retail licensees to sell “Ready-to-Drink” alcoholic beverages that may be taken for off-premises consumption. Previously, Nebraska law prohibited the sale of off-premises consumption at retail alcoholic beverages that were not in their original sealed container. However, under the temporary orders created for the COVID-19 pandemic, restaurants were allowed to sell “To Go” alcoholic beverages, including cocktails that were mixed at a restaurant. The new law makes permanent that temporary accommodation. The holder of the most commonly issued retail licenses (Class C and Class I license) are now permitted to sell a “Ready-to-Drink” alcoholic beverages if:
Importantly, for Class I license holders, the new law allows them for the first time to sell alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption. Before selling alcoholic liquor in this manner, both Class C and Class I license holders must provide notice to the Commission of their intent to do so.
Second, LB 274 also codifies rules with regard to the creation of a “promotional farmer’s market special designated license.” These new rules will allow craft breweries, micro-distilleries, and farm wineries to sell alcoholic beverages at open-air farmers’ markets, without the need of obtaining a special designated license for each individual farmer’s market date. The applicant must obtain the promotional farmer’s market special designated license from the Liquor Control Commission, with approval from the local governing body also required.
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