Lawmakers OK letting breweries sell more beer to visitors

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island legislature has passed a law to allow breweries to sell more beer to visitors on site for consumption off premises.

The legislation would allow breweries and distillers to sell up to 288 ounces of malt beverages and 750 milliliters of spirits per day to each visitor for consumption off site.

Rhode Island currently allows for 72 ounces per visitor. Many other states have a higher limit or none at all.

Among Rhode Island’s neighbors, Connecticut’s limit is 9 liters, while Massachusetts doesn’t have one.

Breweries pushed for the change to help their companies and the state’s economy. Some retailers wanted to maintain the current system.

The legislation was approved at the end of the session late last week and now goes to Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo’s desk.

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