Weather Forecast


Wine, then liquor: North Dakota bill

BISMARCK (AP) -- North Dakota law allows limited sales of locally produced beer and wine. A Minot legislator wants to give the same rights to people who want to make hard liquor.

Rep. Dan Ruby's proposal establishes a new "farm distillery" license for North Dakotans who want to make whiskey, vodka or any other grain-based spirit.

The license holder would need to use a majority of North Dakota farm products to make and sell the liquor. He or she would not need to be based on a farm.

Ruby's proposed law allows the liquor maker to give away free samples, host tasting events and ship up to 25,000 gallons annually to any person who is legally allowed to buy the beverages.

He said the liquor maker would have to go through a wholesaler to sell any products in a retail liquor store.