Written by Jennifer Fitzgerald | Photos by Anthony Harden
It’s the Goldilocks question: Are North Carolina’s laws governing alcohol too onerous, too relaxed, or just right? We asked area businesspeople, industry experts, even a state legislator—and, unsurprisingly, received an intriguing range of opinions.
When you take a sip of a refreshing adult beverage, chances are you don’t consider all of the rules and regulations that are in play. From production to purchase, the alcohol industry is closely monitored by both the federal and state government.
“We are extraordinarily regulated,” says Pete Barger, president of the Distillers Association of North Carolina (DANC) and CEO of Southern Distilling Company in Statesville.
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