Law Would Let Companies Ship Spirits

A bill being weighed by a State House committee would allow Missouri companies that make distilled spirits to ship their products directly to customers’ homes. Current state law allows licensed wine producers to ship up to two cases of wine per month directly to Missouri customers. The bill sponsored by Republican Jeff Knight of Lebanon (LEB-uh-nen) would allow Missouri makers of bourbon, vodka, and other distilled spirts to do the same. Don Gosen, co-owner of Copper Mule Distillery in Hermann, testified in favor of the bill:

Opponents argued that there are already too many problems with wine shipments to homes being accepted by minors in the household instead of adults, and that allowing distilled spirits to be shipped to homes would make a bad problem worse. A vote on the bill is expected later.