STATES WHERE BEER WITH MORE THAN 6-PERCENT ALCOHOL (BY VOLUME) CAN'T BE SOLD
The Southeast is the most restrictive area for beer in the United States. In 4 states, beer
with more than 6 percent alcohol by volume (about 5 percent by weight) cannot be sold in
stores or in bars. Thus, one cannot buy about 1/3 of the beers available (primarily gourmet
beers, whether imported, such as Chimay, or domestic, like many of the IPAs, porters or barley
wines made at microbrews).
In Georgia and North Carolina, beer used to be limited to less than 6 percent ABV, but those
limits were raised to 14% in 2005 in Georgia and 15% in 2006 in North Carolina.
Also, Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Utah limits beer sold in grocery and
convenience stores to 3.2% alcohol by weight (about 4% ABV). This restricts the selection
in those stores to a few diluted versions of mass-produced beer. However, stronger beers
can be sold in liquor stores (though in Oklahoma, these beers cannot be sold cold).
3. South Carolina
4. West Virginia
* Mississippi has a limit of 5% ABV.
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