Modernize North Carolina!

Take action NOW by respectfully asking your legislator to support market modernizations and consumer convenience in NC!

You can help modernize NC and increase convenience for consumers like you!

Right now, the North Carolina legislature is considering SB 527, a bill that has several consumer-friendly measures including:

  • Allowing seven-day sales of distilled spirits as well as holiday sales from ABC stores
  • Reinstating cocktails to-go and delivery of mixed beverages from restaurants, bars and distilleries
  • Lowering the tax rate for some spirits ready-to-drink cocktails (RTDs)


This bill supports local hospitality businesses by allowing them to better serve consumers like you and the many tourists who visit the state. 

TAKE ACTION by asking your legislators to support SB 527, which provides more opportunities for distillers and more choices for consumers!

Learn more about each measure:

North Carolina is one of six states in the country that still prohibits the retail sale of distilled spirits on Sundays. SB 527 authorizes local governments to allow seven-day spirits sales from  ABC stores and gives them the opportunity to sell on New Year’s Day, July 4th and Labor Day.

SB 527 allows consumers to purchase cocktails to-go for take-out or delivery with a food purchase. North Carolina’s temporary cocktails to-go measure expired in June 2021.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 23 states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws to permanently allow cocktails to-go, and 10 others have enacted laws that allow cocktails to-go on a temporary basis. 

  • Despite many spirits RTDs having the same or lower alcohol-by-volume (ABV) than their beer- and wine-based products, they are currently taxed at a much higher rate. SB 527 defines a “pre-mixed cocktail” and sets a maximum ABV of 13%. It exempts these  products from the state’s mixed beverage tax of $20 per 4 liters that is paid by the on-premises “mixed beverage permit” holders, such as restaurants and bars.