tennessee proposal would ban sale of single beers

State convenience store association and Anheuser-Busch are opposing the bill.

A proposed ordinance working its way through the Metro Council may outlaw the sale of certain beer in Davidson County. Metro Councilman Michael Craddock said the bill is intended to cut down on the number of people who are drinking beer in public places, like city parks. But to do that, the bill would ban the sale of all beer in bottles or cans that are sold as singles

and are not at least 70 ounces.

Convenience stores keep tubs of ice with beer for sale near their registers. If the bill passes, they wouldn’t be able to do that. Beer in 24, 40 ounce bottles and cans or quarts would be banned from being sold in all of Davidson County, according to an Associated Press report..

The bill is drawing attention from bottling companies like Anheuser-Busch who has hired a local firm to help them oppose the bill. Jarron Springer, president of the Tennessee Grocers and Convenience Stores Association, has already contacted Metro Council to say the bill misses its target. “If [customers] want to get the product they’ll be able to get it. They’ll just buy more beer and they’ll buy six packs and 12 packs.”

The ordinance would prohibit the sale of specialty beers, microbrews and imports that are only sold as singles because of their unique taste and target audience, the report said.

“They’re just hurting responsible people who are buying the specialty beers, the four packs and anything under 70 ounces that’s the only way they’re sold,” Springer said.

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