Governor Kate Brown has signed SB 1801, a bill to allow Oregon’s restaurants and bars to sell cocktails to-go. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has already approved regulations to implement the bill, making cocktails to-go effective immediately.
“Restaurants and bars in Oregon now have a vital revenue source through cocktails to-go despite the uncertainty of the pandemic,” said Adam Smith, Distilled Spirits Council Vice President of State Government Relations. “This measure will give hospitality businesses a fighting chance of survival as they continue to struggle under the harsh economic impacts of COVID-19. We applaud Governor Kate Brown for signing this measure and supporting Oregon business owners and their employees.”
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.