The Oregon legislature recently sent SB 1801, a bill to allow Oregon restaurants and bars to sell cocktails to-go, to Governor Kate Brown’s desk for signature. The bill is an effort to combat the revenue losses suffered by hospitality businesses during COVID-19.
“Allowing cocktails to-go from restaurants and bars would be a huge win for Oregon’s hospitality businesses,” said Adam Smith, Distilled Spirits Council Vice President of State Government Relations. “Many Oregonians have lost their jobs and some business owners have lost their livelihoods. This measure would provide a much-needed revenue source. We urge Governor Brown to sign this bill as soon as possible.”
Under the legislation, cocktails to-go will be allowed until 60 days after the end of the governor’s emergency order.
Currently, more than 30 states plus the District of Columbia are allowing restaurants and/or bars to sell cocktails to-go, bottled spirits to-go or both. Iowa and Ohio have both made cocktails to-go permanent, and other states, including Arizona, Missouri, Texas, Florida, Oklahoma and the District of Columbia, are considering doing the same.
The distilled spirits industry is committed to responsibility and encourages moderation for adults who choose to drink alcohol. Cocktails to-go are intended for home consumption. Laws governing alcohol consumption must always be observed.
The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States is the leading voice and advocate for distilled spirits in the U.S., advocating on legislative, regulatory and public affairs issues impacting the distilled spirits sector at the local, state, federal and international levels. DISCUS members are committed to responsibility and encourage adults who drink to do so in moderation.