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Beer & Wine

North Carolina regulations require that each malt beverage (beer) and wine (fortified and unfortified) product be approved by the Commission prior to being sold in this state.

Select one of the following to view the requirements for product approval:

  • Malt beverage: beer, lager, malt liquor, ale, porter, and any other brewed or fermented beverage containing at least one-half of one percent (.05%), and not more than fifteen percent (15.0%), alcohol by volume.  Any malt beverage containing more than six percent (6.0%) alcohol by volume shall bear a label clearly indicating the alcohol content of the malt beverage.

  • Fortified wine: any wine, of more than sixteen percent (16%) and no more than twenty-four percent (24%) alcohol by volume, made by fermentation from grapes, fruits, berries, rice, or honey; or by the addition of pure cane, beet, or dextrose sugar; or by the addition of pure brandy from the same type of grape, fruit, berry, rice, or honey that is contained in the base wine and produced in accordance with the regulations of the United States.

  • Unfortified wine: any wine of sixteen percent (16%) or less alcohol by volume, made by fermentation from grapes, fruits, berries, rice, or honey; or by the addition of pure cane, beet, or dextrose sugar; or by the addition of pure brandy from the same type of grape, fruit, berry, rice, or honey that is contained in the base wine and produced in accordance with the regulations of the United States.

  • Spirituous Liquor: distilled spirits or ethyl alcohol, including spirits of wine, whiskey, rum, brandy, gin and all other distilled spirits and mixtures of cordials, liqueur, and premixed cocktails, in closed containers for beverage use regardless of their dilution.

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