Alcohol Delivery in the State of Connecticut

With the rise of Amazon and online shopping, it seems as though just about everything can be delivered these days, including alcohol. The State of Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection has recently clarified that liquor permittees can, in fact, deliver alcohol to their customers within the state. A declaratory ruling was passed last week making this clarification. According to the ruling, the following is allowed:

  • package store permittees may deliver alcoholic beverages directly to consumers in Connecticut.
  • grocery store beer permittees may deliver beer, with or without groceries from the premise, directly to consumers in Connecticut.
  • druggist permittees may deliver alcoholic liquor, with or without items from the premise, directly to consumers in Connecticut

In order to make such deliveries, the following is required:

  • The permittee must be licensed and in good standing with the Department of Consumer Protection;
  • The sale and delivery of such alcoholic beverages shall only take place during the legal hours of sale as defined in CGS 30-91(a) and (d);
  • The sale and delivery of alcoholic beverages shall comply with any local town ordinances and requirements;
  • The permittee is responsible for verifying that the purchasing consumer is of legal drinking age and not intoxicated at the time of sale;
  • The permittee is responsible for verifying that the receiving consumer is of legal drinking age and not intoxicated at the time of delivery; and
  • The permittee will comply with all other relevant statutes and regulations governing his or her permit type.

A copy of the full ruling is available here, click here.

If you are a liquor permittee and have questions about this new ruling regarding delivery of alcohol, please contact the attorneys at Brown, Paindiris & Scott for further information.