Alcoholic beverage control; alcohol content in prepared foods. (HB862)

Introduced By

Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Alcoholic beverage control; alcohol content in prepared foods. Prohibits the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board from prohibiting an on-premises restaurant licensee from using alcoholic beverages that the licensee otherwise is authorized to purchase and possess for the purposes of preparing and selling for on-premises consumption food products with a final alcohol content of more than one-half of one percent by volume, as long as such food products are sold and consumed by persons who are 21 years of age or older. Read the Bill »


01/29/2008: Merged into HB1075


01/08/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 088122492
01/08/2008Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/16/2008Assigned GL sub: ABC/Gaming
01/23/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB862)
01/29/2008Incorporated by General Laws (HB1075-Suit)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB635.


Rick Sincere writes:

I voted "yes," that I support this bill in its current form, but I would really like to see an amendment that expands its scope.

How is it possible that it is illegal to serve traditional sangria in Virginia, or drinks such as a kir royale and various forms of the champagne cocktail?

The entire provision of the law that prohibits the mixing of wine or beer with spirits should be repealed. The government has no legitimate reason to be prescribing or proscribing the recipes that bartenders (or, for that matter, chefs) use.