Iowa “cocktail room” bill advances out of committee

Vikre Cocktail Room

Cocktail rooms like the one at Vikre Distillery in Duluth (above) may soon be coming to Iowa’s distilleries.

You can buy alcohol on Sundays in a grocery store in Iowa, but there are still some liquor laws in the Hawkeye state that are a little behind the times. That, however, may soon change.

HSB 547 would finally make it legal for Iowa microdistilleries to pour cocktails on site. It passed the state government committee in a 22-0 vote. It now heads to the House floor as a committee bill.

According to the Des Moines Register, “The bill is opposed by the Iowa Wholesale Beer Distributors Association, MillerCoors LLC and Anheuser-Busch, whose representatives argue it violates the three-tier system.”

Small batch spirits from Iowa have been gaining shelf space in the Twin Cities, including the exceptional whiskeys from Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery in Swisher, and River Rose Gin from the Mississippi River Distilling Company in LeClaire.

The Iowa legislature is currently considering a number of alcohol-related bills, including allowing self-serve pouring machines, and letting brewpubs sell growlers.

[H/t KWQC]

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