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Old 09-29-2019, 01:52 PM
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I gotta say itís a bit comical reading about North Carolinaís liquor laws and the ABC system. Furthermore I read drinking wine and beer on the boats ok (up to .08 for driver) but god forbid you had a vodka and lemonade in your hand. Distilleries canít sell you more the 1.5 oz per customer and 5 bottles total an entire year. Wtf?
If a bar needs a bottle of booze they could have to drive to some far away ABC if thatís the one that has it versus getting it local. Mixer tax that bars/restaurants have to pay. Boy it goes on and on.
Being from NY a lot of this is like WTF??? to me. Lol.

Reason I got looking into this is I am researching all aspects of things as we are moving south in a year or so and NC was a high contender.

So I am curious for real world insight on this.

Iím not a huge drinker anymore to be honest. Beer here and there. Craft beer sometimes. Wine once in a great wine. Generally only liquor I tend to touch is vodka in a mixed drink.

So first question is how difficult is it to get? Just hitup an abc and buy some vodka? Are there annual limits? Like if I want 6-1.75L bottles over a year is that an issue?

Letís say on Lake Norman for example.... if I want to have some vodka and lemonade on me and drink some is this something Iíd expect to be harassed about often by the police or are they relatively lax on this? I realize the exceptions for boats with staterooms/bathrooms etc but Iím just a pontooner.

I wanna go out on the weekend here and there. Have 4-5 mixed drinks over the course of an entire day on the water. Be mostly me and the wife. We donít cause any riff raff out there to draw attention as Iím pushing 40. At the worst sometimes I play music loud but obviously turn down around cops. So just looking for some real world answers from folks living there.






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09-29-2019, 02:23 PM
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Please don’t move south until your grammar improves.
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Liquor and boats is generally a bad idea IMO. You'd be better off drinking a hard seltzer, gose or shandy.

That said, blue laws are a thing all over the country and vary by county and state. Not every liquor store is going to carry everything, but there are no limits on what you can buy. Distilleries don't generally sell direct to the public. Beer and wine in grocery stores and specialty bottle shops.
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I have been drinking so maybe I am not understanding you post. I have never been limited on purchases of vodka over a period of a year.
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Itís ok when under moderation. A shot of vodka...no worse then a can of beer or glass of wine.

Looks like there are purchase limits in N.C. and I read distilleries can sell direct up to 5 bottles per 365 days.
At the ABC looks like you can buy up to 8 liters per visit.

*been googling this in depth further since my first post.

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Lol. Typing on my iPhone. Revised it for ya.
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Youíll find thereís less to drown out with booze down South. Beside the fact, if youíre concerned you wonít be able to get enough from one liquor store, just hit the next one. Usually on the coast unless in a desolate area there are multiple ABC stores
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You will find our laws just a tad draconian, it's a leftover or holdout from our bible belt mentality. (Whiskey stays in the trunk on church days).

ABC state run liquor stores are the only place you can buy anything above wine levels in the bottle. There are plenty around but their hours are pretty restrictive and forget Sundays.

Short answer; yes, you will be cited if caught with a mixed drink on a boat without a cabin. A bottle of hooch will be another ticket. Our marine patrols (and there are a LOT of them!) all have very nice boats and trucks pulling them. Someone's got to pay for them!
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Originally Posted by CapeFisher85 View Post
Youíll find thereís less to drown out with booze down South. Beside the fact, if youíre concerned you wonít be able to get enough from one liquor store, just hit the next one. Usually on the coast unless in a desolate area there are multiple ABC stores
No concerns once I found out itís 8 liters per visit. Lol. Thatís more then Iíd drink in a year. When I read the 5 bottles per year thing I was worried that was for all instances; as in all anyone is allowed is just the 5 bottles, period. I was saying to myself man what if one wanted to have a house party or some kind of weekend event. 5 bottles wouldnít go far.

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The limit on what distilleries can sell direct to you only applies to their storefront locations. What it boils down to is a bunch of BS because the state wants it to go through the ABC system so they get their cut.

Used to be you couldn't have beer with more than like 4% ABV but they thankfully changed that.
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Iíll stock up before I move. Lol.
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Originally Posted by Tingum View Post
Please don’t move south until your grammar improves.
He's really Guido Sarduci lots of class shown knocking NC laws and ways, yet you yanks cannot get down here fast enough.....SC would be a far better place especially Myrtle Beach and its NY style crime rates
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Lol. A 400k house here has 25k a year in property tax. F yes I canít wait to leave NY.

Same house in N.C. 3k.

Iím upstate ny. 5.5 hours from city. Crime is about as wild as someone graffitiíd some old abandoned bridge.
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Originally Posted by gerard143 View Post
Lol. A 400k house here has 25k a year in property tax. F yes I canít wait to leave NY.

Same house in N.C. 3k.

Iím upstate ny. 5.5 hours from city. Crime is about as wild as someone graffitiíd some old abandoned bridge.
Most folks in the south can handle a blithering drunk, tolerate arrogant yankees and forgive most behavior but if you harbor any Socialist leanings or donít respect our Flag, you might find ďadjustingĒ to be a very lonely process. If you happen to Love our country, respect our Troops and donít start telling everyone how backwards they are, youíll likely fit in.
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Originally Posted by BigRockCabo View Post

Most folks in the south can handle a blithering drunk, tolerate arrogant yankees and forgive most behavior but if you harbor any Socialist leanings or donít respect our Flag, you might find ďadjustingĒ to be a very lonely process. If you happen to Love our country, respect our Troops and donít start telling everyone how backwards they are, youíll likely fit in.

The funniest things about this quote are how reverentially so many Southerners view confederate flags, which are literally treasonous symbols against the USA, and the confederacy itself, which literally tried to leave the US; and how many Southerners take advantage of at least some technically socialist government programs.


Me, I'm a Bitter Southerner. Somebody who, paraphrasing Patterson Hood of Drive By Truckers, faces the duality of the southern thing and tries to make this a better place for everyone.
https://bittersoutherner.com/we-are-bitter
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No issues here..

restaurants and bars but from salesmen, not direct from the abc store

no restrictions on annual purchases

if you want to buy and transport more than 5 gallons you need a permit from the abc store, but no big deal.
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-If you buy over a few gallons of the hard stuff the ABC store will give you a transport permit, no big deal.

-You have to buy the hard stuff from an ABC store and they are not all created equal.

To me me itís pretty much the same system I grew up with in NH.

with that said, I donít think I ever once looked into booze laws in any of the six states I have moved to before moving there.

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Well it started just seeing what boating and drinking laws were. Then google was showing all these crazy articles about abc and the antiquated system that a lot want changed. Etc.
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Originally Posted by kinnakeettom View Post
He's really Guido Sarduci lots of class shown knocking NC laws and ways, yet you yanks cannot get down here fast enough.....SC would be a far better place especially Myrtle Beach and its NY style crime rates
Myrtle Beach, home of the BBW.
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Please donít move south until your grammar improves.
What is with all the grammar nazis on this forum?
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