Alcoholic Beverages

Regulation of Sales

SECTION 3-8-15

§ 3-8-15. Sales of kegs of beer – Restrictions.

(a) Every retailer of kegs of beer shall affix a removable label to each keg of beer sold which shall contain the name, address, date of birth, type of identification document used to verify the date, and the last four (4) digits of the identification number of the document, of the person purchasing the keg and the following language: "Rhode Island law prohibits and imposes penalties for the sale, delivery, service of or giving away to, or causing, or permitting or procuring to be sold, delivered, served, or given away any alcoholic beverage to any person who has not reached his or her twenty-first (21st) birthday. A violation of this statute is an offense punishable by a fine of up to one thousand dollars ($1,000) and six (6) months imprisonment. Minimum fine for first offense is three hundred fifty dollars ($350). The purchaser shall not remove, deface or obliterate the keg label." A keg without a label attached shall be subject to confiscation by the police. Removing or defacing a keg label shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500).

(b) The retailer shall maintain a copy of the keg label in a keg sales book and shall note on that copy whether the keg was returned with the keg label or not returned at all. The director of the department of business regulation shall develop regulations for the design and production of the keg labels. The director shall produce and issue uniform keg labels and keg sales books that shall be made available to the retailer at cost.

(c) The provisions of this section shall not apply to those classes of licensed beverage retailers which are prohibited by law from making off premises sales.

(d) The director of business regulation shall design a uniform keg label which fulfills the provisions of this section.

History of Section.
(P.L. 2002, ch. 115, § 1; P.L. 2004, ch. 142, § 1; P.L. 2004, ch. 147, § 1.)