OLCC Permit ASE Training: Can Customers Bring Their Own Alcohol into an Oregon Bar or Restaurant?
If you are a restaurant or bar owner, or if you work at a bar or restaurant, you may be curious to know the regulations around customers bringing their own alcohol to your establishment to drink. Alternatively, you may be a customer who is hoping to bring your favorite bottle of beer or wine to a bar or restaurant to share with your friends. We’ve provided some helpful information around this topic for establishment owners, servers, bartenders, and customers below!
Before we dive into the world of customers bringing their own alcohol to an establishment, we would like to recommend that anyone who plans to open (or work at) an establishment that sells alcohol to customers in Oregon State complete an OLCC Approved OLCC Permit Alcohol Server Education Course in order to receive comprehensive education regarding Oregon Alcohol Laws and to receive an Oregon Alcohol Seller Server Permit in the process!
Now back to the topic at hand. Let’s look at some Q&As!
Q: Can customers legally bring their own alcohol to an Oregon liquor licensed establishment to drink on the premises?
A: Yes! But customers are only permitted to bring a style of alcohol (beer, wine, hard liquor, etc.) that is sold or served at that establishment. In other words, the type of alcohol a customer is allowed to bring into an establishment is dependent on the type of liquor license the establishment has. For example, a customer could bring a bottle of wine into a restaurant that has a license which allows them to sell or serve wine. Note: The bottle of wine a customer brings in cannot contain more than 21% of alcohol by volume, but the wine can originate from anywhere! In other words, customers are not limited to only bringing in wine that is from Oregon State.
Q: Do all liquor licensed establishments allow customers to bring alcohol into their establishment?
No, and they are not required to! Some establishments have house policies in place that keep customers from bringing in their own alcohol, and in these cases customers are required to adhere to these policies.
What are establishments responsible for when customers bring in their own alcohol?
Establishments are still responsible for managing alcohol consumption on their premises when customers bring in their own alcohol. More importantly, they are responsible for preventing minors and intoxicated individuals from possessing or consuming the alcohol that their customers bring in.
Additionally, an employee from the liquor licensed establishment is required to be involved in the service of alcohol that is brought in by a customer, and establishments can charge a service fee for this. It is required that an employee with an OLCC Permit pour the first glass of beer or wine for the customer/s, but the customer/s are allowed to pour additional glasses for themselves after the initial pour. Hard liquor, on the other hand, can only be poured by a server with an OLCC Permit.
We hope these Q&As have been helpful! If you’re hoping to learn more, we recommend checking out an Online OLCC Permit ASE Class in order to receive comprehensive education regarding Oregon’s Alcohol Selling & Serving Laws!
Cheers, and Happy Training!