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Title 7 : Alcoholic Beverages

Chapter 001 : GENERAL PROVISIONS

(Cite as: 7 V.S.A. § 2)
  • § 2. Definitions

    As used in this title:

    (1) "Alcohol" means the product of distillation, fermentation, or chemical synthesis, including alcoholic beverages, ethyl alcohol, and nonpotable alcohol.

    (2) "Alcoholic beverages" means malt beverages, vinous beverages, spirits, and fortified wines.

    (3) "Board of Liquor and Lottery" means the board of control appointed under the provisions of chapter 5 of this title.

    (4) "Boat" means a vessel suitably equipped and operated for the transportation of passengers in interstate commerce.

    (5) "Caterer's license" means a license issued by the Board of Liquor and Lottery authorizing the holder of a first-class license or first- and third-class licenses to serve alcoholic beverages at a function located on premises other than those occupied by a first-, first- and third-, or second-class licensee to sell alcoholic beverages.

    (6) "Certificate of approval" means a license granted by the Board of Liquor and Lottery to a manufacturer or distributor of malt beverages or vinous beverages, or both, that is not licensed under the provisions of this title, that permits the licensee to sell those beverages to holders of a packager's or wholesale dealer's license.

    (7) "Club" means an unincorporated association or a corporation authorized to do business in this State that has been in existence for at least two consecutive years prior to the date of application for a license under this title and owns, hires, or leases a building or space in a building that is suitable and adequate for the reasonable and comfortable use and accommodation of its members and their guests and contains suitable and adequate kitchen and dining room space and equipment implements and facilities. A bona fide unincorporated association or corporation whose officers and members consist solely of veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, or a subordinate lodge or local chapter of any national fraternal order, that fulfills all requirements of section 229 of this title except that it has not been in existence for at least two years shall come within the terms of this definition six months after the completion of its organization.

    (8) "Commercial catering license" means a license granted by the Board of Liquor and Lottery permitting a business licensed by the Department of Health as a commercial caterer and having a commercial kitchen facility in the home or place of business to sell alcoholic beverages at a function previously approved by the local control commissioners.

    (9) "Commissioner of Liquor and Lottery" means the executive officer of the Board of Liquor and Lottery appointed under the provisions of chapter 5 of this title.

    (10) "Control commissioners" means the commissioners of a municipality appointed under section 166 of this title.

    (11) "Department" means the Department of Liquor and Lottery.

    (12) "Destination resort master license" means a license granted by the Board of Liquor and Lottery pursuant to section 242 of this title permitting a destination resort to designate licensed caterers and commercial caterers that will be permitted to cater individual events within the boundaries of the resort without being required to obtain a request-to-cater permit for each individual event. For purposes of a destination resort master license, a "destination resort" is a resort that contains at least 100 acres of land, offers at least 50 units of sleeping accommodations, offers meal and beverage service to the public for consideration, and has related sports and recreational facilities for the convenience or enjoyment of its guests. "Destination resort" does not include the University of Vermont and State Agricultural College, the Vermont State Colleges, or any other university, college, or postsecondary school.

    (13) "Dining car" means a railroad car on which meals are prepared and served.

    (14) "Division" means the Division of Liquor Control in the Department of Liquor and Lottery.

    (15) "Festival permit" means a permit granted by the Division of Liquor Control permitting a person to conduct an event at which malt or vinous beverages, or both, are sold by the glass to the public, provided the event is approved by the local control commissioners.

    (16) "First-class license" means a license permitting the licensee to sell malt and vinous beverages to the public for consumption only on the premises for which the license is granted.

    (17) "Fortified wine permit" means a permit granted to a second-class licensee that permits the licensee to export and sell fortified wines to the public for consumption off the licensed premises.

    (18) "Fortified wines" means vinous beverages, including those to which spirits have been added during manufacture, containing at least 16 percent alcohol but not more than 23 percent alcohol by volume at 60 degrees Fahrenheit, and all vermouths containing not more than 23 percent alcohol by volume at 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

    (19) "Fourth-class license" means a license permitting a licensed manufacturer or rectifier to sell by the unopened container and distribute by the glass, with or without charge, beverages manufactured by the licensee.

    (20) "Home-fermented beverages" means malt or vinous beverages produced at home and not for sale.

    (21) "Hotel" has the same meaning as in 32 V.S.A. § 9202(3) and as determined by the Board of Liquor and Lottery.

    (22) "Industrial alcohol distributor's license" means a license granted by the Board of Liquor and Lottery that allows holders to sell pure ethyl or grain alcohol of at least 190 proof in quantities of five gallons or more directly to manufacturers, industrial users, hospitals, druggists, and institutions of learning.

    (23) "Keg" means a reusable container capable of holding at least five gallons of malt beverage or at least two-and-one-half gallons of vinous beverage.

    (24) "Legal age" means 21 years of age or older.

    (25) "Malt beverages" means all fermented beverages of any name or description manufactured for sale from malt, wholly or in part, or from any substitute therefor, known as, among other things, beer, ale, or lager, containing not less than one percent nor more than 16 percent alcohol by volume at 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

    (26) "Manufacturer's or rectifier's license" means a license granted by the Board of Liquor and Lottery that permits the holder to manufacture or rectify malt beverages, vinous beverages and fortified wines, or spirits and fortified wines.

    (27) "Minor" means an individual who has not attained 21 years of age.

    (28) "Outside consumption permit" means a permit granted by the Division of Liquor Control allowing the holder of a first-class, first- and third-class, or fourth-class license to allow for consumption of alcoholic beverages in a delineated outside area.

    (29) "Packager's license" means a license granted by the Board of Liquor and Lottery permitting a person to bottle or otherwise package alcoholic beverages for sale and to distribute and sell alcoholic beverages at wholesale in this State.

    (30) "Person," as applied to licensees, means an individual who is a citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States; a partnership composed of individuals, a majority of whom are citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States; a corporation organized under the laws of this State or another state in which a majority of the directors are citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States; or a limited liability company organized under the laws of this State or another state in which a majority of the members or managers are citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States.

    (31) "Request-to-cater permit" means a permit granted by the Division of Liquor Control authorizing a licensed caterer or commercial caterer to cater individual events.

    (32) "Retail dealer" means any person who sells or furnishes malt or vinous beverages to the public.

    (33) "Retail delivery permit" means a permit granted by the Division of Liquor Control that permits a second-class licensee to deliver malt beverages and vinous beverages sold from the licensed premises for consumption off the premises to an individual who is 21 years of age or older at a physical address in Vermont.

    (34) "Sampler flight" means a flight, ski, paddle, or any similar device by design or name intended to hold alcoholic beverage samples for the purpose of comparison.

    (35) "Second-class license" means a license permitting the licensee to export and to sell malt beverages and vinous beverages to the public for consumption off the premises for which the license is granted.

    (36) "Special event permit" means a permit granted by the Division of Liquor Control permitting a licensed manufacturer or rectifier to sell, by the glass or by the unopened bottle, alcoholic beverages manufactured or rectified by the license holder at an event open to the public that has been approved by the local control commissioners.

    (37) "Special venue serving permit" means a permit granted by the Division of Liquor Control permitting an art gallery, bookstore, public library, or museum to conduct an event at which malt or vinous beverages, or both, are served by the glass to the public. As used in this section, "art gallery" means a fixed establishment whose primary purpose is to exhibit or offer for sale works of art; "bookstore" means a fixed establishment whose primary purpose is to offer books for sale; "public library" has the same meaning as in 22 V.S.A. § 101; and "museum" has the same meaning as in 27 V.S.A. § 1151.

    (38) "Specialty beer" means a malt beverage that contains more than eight percent alcohol and not more than 16 percent alcohol by volume at 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

    (39) "Spirits" means beverages that contain more than one percent alcohol obtained by distillation, by chemical synthesis, or through concentration by freezing; vinous beverages containing more than 23 percent alcohol; and malt beverages containing more than 16 percent alcohol by volume at 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

    (40) "Third-class license" means a license granted by the Board of Liquor and Lottery permitting the licensee to sell spirits and fortified wines for consumption only on the premises for which the license is granted.

    (41) "Vinous beverages" means all fermented beverages of any name or description manufactured or obtained for sale from the natural sugar content of fruits or other agricultural product, containing sugar, the alcoholic content of which is not less than one percent nor more than 16 percent by volume at 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

    (42) "Wholesale dealer's license" means a license granted by the Board of Liquor and Lottery permitting the holder to sell or distribute malt and vinous beverages to first- and second-class licensees, to educational sampling event permit holders, and to agencies of the United States. (Amended 1959, No. 329 (Adj. Sess.), §§ 33, 39(b), eff. March 1, 1961; 1961, No. 76; 1964, No. 1 (Sp. Sess.); 1971, No. 64, § 1; 1973, No. 34, § 3; 1975, No. 44, § 1, eff. April 15, 1975; 1979, No. 103 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. April 2, 1980; 1979, No. 115 (Adj. Sess.), § 2; 1981, No. 137 (Adj. Sess.) § 1, eff. April 6, 1982; 1981, No. 139 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 1985, No. 99 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 1985, No. 159 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 1987, No. 188 (Adj. Sess.), §§ 1, 2, eff. May 11, 1988; 1989, No. 138 (Adj. Sess.); 1991, No. 250 (Adj. Sess.); 1993, No. 46, § 3; 1993, No. 112 (Adj. Sess.), §§ 1, 2, eff. Feb. 18, 1994; 1993, No. 168 (Adj. Sess.), §§ 1, 2; 1995, 1993, No. 26, § 1; 1995, No. 69 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. Feb. 15, 1996; 1995, No. 121 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 1997, No. 50, § 46, eff. June 26, 1997; 1997, No. 61, § 210a, eff. June 26, 1997; 1997, No. 158 (Adj. Sess.), §§ 1, 4, 6; 1999, No. 111 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 2001, No. 9, § 1, 2; 2001, No. 25, § 1; 2001, No. 74 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 2001, No. 143 (Adj. Sess.), § 7, eff. June 21, 2002; 2003, No. 70 (Adj. Sess.), § 62, eff. March 1, 2004; 2003, No. 102 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 2005, No. 140 (Adj. Sess.), §§ 2, 5, 8, eff. May 10, 2006; 2007, No. 21, § 1, eff. May 10, 2007; 2007, No. 167 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 2007, No. 210 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 2009, No. 10, § 1, eff. May 5, 2009; 2009, No. 77 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. April 13, 2010; 2009, No. 102 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. May 11, 2010; 2011, No. 52, § 76, eff. May 27, 2011; 2011, No. 115 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 2013, No. 64, § 1; 2013, No. 72, § 22; 2013, No. 202 (Adj. Sess.), § 3, eff. June 24, 2014; 2015, No. 51, § A.4, eff. date, see note set out below; 2015, No. 144 (Adj. Sess.), § 1; 2017, No. 83, § 2; 2018, No. 1 (Sp. Sess.), § 1.)