Hello Happy Hour, Goodbye Pitchers

By: Suzie Gilbert Email
By: Suzie Gilbert Email

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Drink specials are back on the menu in Kansas, but the new liquor laws take pitchers of drinks like margaritas off the table.

The new laws took effect July 1st. They limit the amount of hard liquor that can be sold to four ounces in a serving. That means more specials on individual drinks, but you can only get pitchers of beer.

The Happy Hour law is back for the first time in 27 years. It's meant to pour in new business, but also on tap is a restriction on large quantities of liquor. Alcohol Beverage Control officials say sales are limited to individual drinks with no more than four-ounces of hard alcohol, meaning no more pitchers of margaritas, mohitos or sangria.

Businesses say the law does give them more flexibility, though. For instance, two for one margaritas, and they can offer the new specials at different times, to spur sales in slower hours.

The new laws also allow liquor stores and other retailers to serve free samples and to host wine and beer tastings, but it doesn't open wine or hard liquor sales to grocery stores.

None of the bars or restaurants 13 News contacted Monday night (7/2) said they knew about the new pitcher restriction, but Alcohol Beverage Control officials say they should be aware. They say it was covered during an industry meeting. The law can be enforced by any law enforcement officer.

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