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City’s alcohol committee opens way to legal sale of craft beer single bottles

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City’s alcohol committee opens way to legal sale of craft beer single bottles

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City's alcohol committee opens way to legal sale of craft beer single bottles

Downtown retailers can obtain provisional licenses that will allow them to sell single bottles or four-packs of craft beer beginning Thursday. Madison’s Downtown craft beer sellers and consumers can share a toast of relief after a key city committee created an avenue to allow sales of single bottles and four-packs of craft beer.

Madison’s Alcohol License Review Committee approved creating license conditions for a group of Downtown liquor stores that would allow craft beer sales to resume while still banning most beverages popular with chronic alcoholics.

The city had banned the retail sale of beer in anything less than a six-pack in the area around the Capitol Square and UW-Madison since 2009, but the rule hasn’t been enforced for the pricier craft and imported beer. The illegal sales have only recently emerged as a concern during the city’s annual re-approval process for all liquor licenses.

The ban, which only affects stores in the 4th and 8th aldermanic districts, was included to prevent the sale of cheap individual beers or malt liquors that are frequently purchased by problem […]

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