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Legislation would allow beer samples in NC stores

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RALEIGH — Legislation being considered in North Carolina would give grocery shoppers a chance to sample beer and ale in addition to wine tastings already allowed in the store aisles.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that the proposal is another sign that traditionally restrictive alcohol laws are loosening in North Carolina.

Legislators four years ago allowed the alcohol content of beer to climb from 6 percent to 15 percent. More counties are approving sales of liquor by the drink. Wine sampling has been allowed since 2001.

The Senate has approved the bill and the House may vote on it this week. Tastings could start in the fall.

Owners of small breweries around the state say the law will enhance North Carolina’s growing beer culture.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Legislation being considered in North Carolina would give grocery shoppers a chance to sample beer and ale in addition to wine tastings already allowed in the store aisles.

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