Restaurants and breweries will now be allowed to sell wine and beer with any permit and deliver the products to patrons due the coronavirus crisis.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced that restaurants and breweries will have to transition to takeout and delivery services. In order to make up revenue, he authorized these establishments to sell beer and corked/sealed bottles of wine with the purchase of food.
“In order to establish parity among all restaurants during this emergency, any restaurant licensed to sell beer under any permit, may sell sealed cans and bottles of beer to patrons with purchase of food,” according to an Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control declaration.
However, restaurants cannot sell any “spirituous liquor” to-go or for delivery. Establishments will be allowed to sell mixers and set-ups.
Restaurants can also deliver the beer and/or wine with food items. Grocery stores and convenience stores can also provide curbside services and deliveries for alcoholic beverages.
According to the Department of Finance and Administration, the beverage delivery must be by an employee of the licensed restaurant, microbrewery restaurant, distillery, small brewery, small farm winery, or liquor store, and the delivery cannot be made by a third-party service.
There also cannot be any “off-premise sales or deliveries within a dry county or area.”