42.13.802 DISTILLERY - CONDITIONS FOR OPERATING
(1) In addition to all other alcoholic beverage licensing requirements, a distillery shall:
(a) not sell, deliver, or provide any alcoholic beverages until the licensee has obtained a certificate of label approval or an exemption from label approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and product approval from the department;
(b) not possess any interest in real or personal property owned, occupied, or used by an alcoholic beverage retailer in the conduct of the retailer's business;
(c) store alcoholic beverages only on the premises;
(d) store on the premises only the alcoholic beverages for which the premises are licensed or those authorized under an approved alternating proprietor arrangement;
(e) sell and deliver its product in Montana only in original packaging and to the department; and
(f) maintain records documenting its business operations including, but not limited to, the sale, production, storage, and processing of alcoholic beverages on the premises.
(2) A license to operate a distillery is not a retail license.
(3) In addition to all other requirements, a microdistillery shall:
(a) electronically file all required alcoholic beverage tax returns and pay any taxes owed as provided in law;
(b) only transfer alcoholic beverages from a manufacturing area or storage area to a sample room in original packaging;
(c) prevent the consumption of alcoholic beverages in the manufacturing area or storage area except as authorized by federal law;
(d) prevent the self-service of alcoholic beverages on the premises;
(e) prevent the consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages on the premises by persons who are under 21 years of age or actually, apparently, or obviously intoxicated;
(f) prevent the on-premises consumption of alcoholic beverages not sold or provided at the premises and those sold in original packaging for off-premises consumption;
(g) only provide alcoholic beverages to consumers at a microdistillery for on-premises or off-premises consumption that have been produced at the microdistillery. For purposes of this requirement only, an alcoholic beverage is considered to have been produced at a microdistillery only if:
(i) on a quarterly basis, at least 90 percent of the liquor provided at the microdistillery for on-premises or off-premises consumption was distilled at the microdistillery; and
(ii) all liquor provided at the microdistillery for on-premises and off-premises consumption contains alcohol that was distilled at the microdistillery;
(h) notify the department of the percentage of alcohol distilled at the microdistillery for each liquor product prior to providing the product to consumers at the microdistillery for on-premises or off-premises consumption. The microdistillery shall notify the department of any changes to the percentages on file with the department prior to providing the changed product to consumers.
(4) In addition to all other requirements, a microdistillery that operates a sample room shall:
(a) refrain from providing alcoholic beverages to consumers for on-premises consumption until a sample room is approved by the department;
(b) prevent the consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages outside of an approved sample room and any approved patio/deck;
(c) prevent the consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages on the premises between 8 p.m. and 10 a.m. by removing all alcoholic beverages other than those sold for off-premises consumption pursuant to (5) from individuals' possession by 8 p.m.; and
(d) regardless of the liquor product's alcohol content, provide no more than a combined total of 2 ounces of liquor products approved for labeling or exempt from labeling for on-premises consumption or prepared servings for curbside pickup to any individual during a business day.
(5) In addition to all other requirements, a microdistillery that conducts off-premises sales shall:
(a) sell alcoholic beverages only in original packaging;
(b) sell alcoholic beverages only in an approved sample room except for curbside pickup, including a drive-through window, that were ordered online or through the phone;
(c) sell no more than 1.75 liters of liquor product approved for labeling or exempt from labeling in one day to an individual;
(d) sell alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption only between 8 a.m. and 2 a.m.; and
(e) deliver alcoholic beverages only to the department or an agency liquor store; the delivery of alcoholic beverages to consumers off-site is prohibited.
History: 16-1-303, 16-1-424, MCA; IMP, 16-1-404, 16-3-301, 16-3-304, 16-3-305, 16-3-312, 16-4-311, 16-4-312, 16-4-501, MCA; NEW, 2007 MAR p. 483, Eff. 4/13/07; AMD, 2014 MAR p. 979, Eff. 5/9/14; AMD, 2017 MAR p. 493, Eff. 4/29/17; AMD, 2022 MAR p. 1932, Eff. 9/26/22.