New Law Infuses Service Industry with Fresh Options
With the passage and signing of House File 2465, the mixing, storing, and dispensing of mixed drinks, cocktails and alcohol infusions which are not for immediate consumption (herein referred to as premixed drinks) became legal July 1, 2012, for bars, restaurants and businesses that sell alcohol for consumption on a licensed premises. However, the new language stipulates premixed drinks must be in compliance with the Iowa Code and rules adopted by the Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD).
The law mandated the ABD to write rules that require premixed drinks to be:
- Stored no longer than 72 hours
- Stored in a labeled container
- No more than 3 gallons per container
- Free of added flavors or ingredients that contain hallucinogenic substances, added caffeine or stimulants
Additionally, the rules were to specify record keeping requirements.
The ABD worked closely with the service industry, including the Iowa Restaurant Association, to draft the rules.
“Through open communication with the industry, partner associations and individual licensees, I believe we have drafted rules that allow freedom and creativity for mixologists while also protecting the public health and safety,” said ABD Administrator Stephen Larson.
The ABD filed the rules last month utilizing a “double barrel approach.” Simply put, that means the rules were emergency filed to become effective July 1, 2012, and simultaneously filed through the normal rule making procedures to allow for public comment. Persons interested in presenting written comments or desiring to make an oral presentation must submit their intent to the ABD by July 31, 2012. A public comment meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 2, 2012, at 10 a.m. in the ABD boardroom, 1918 S.E. Hulsizer Road, Ankeny.
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