This past week, the City of Brentwood discussed changes regarding when you can purchase beer in stores on Sundays.
A resolution was presented by the City of Brentwood attorney to change the time alcohol can be served in Brentwood due to the fact that the City of Brentwood opted out of the TABC ruling for serving alcoholic beverages before noon on Sunday. After reading and approval of the resolution, that will change. Diners will be able to purchase alcohol at places with a TABC on-premises license this Sunday, July 29, at 10:00 a.m.
Background Information on Beer Sales
Tennessee law provides that beer may be sold during the same hours that wine and liquor sales are allowed. The law allows on-premises licensees to serve wine and liquor from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. every day except Sunday. Sunday sales may begin at 10:00 a.m. pursuant to a rule adopted by the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC), although cities may opt out of the TABC rule. In 2001, the City adopted Resolution 2001-44, opting out of the TABC rule, meaning that no sales of alcoholic beverages are to occur in Brentwood between 3:00 a.m. and noon on Sunday.
Ordinance Passed First Reading on Monday
Tennessee General Assembly amended state law to allow for the sale of retail wine and liquor on Sundays. As of April 20, 2018, retail package stores have been permitted to sell alcoholic beverages on Sundays beginning at 10:00 a.m. In January 2019, retail food stores (grocery stores) which are licensed by the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) will be allowed to sell wine on Sundays beginning at 10:00 a.m. However, existing language in the Municipal Code prohibits beer sales between 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday, or on Sunday from 12:00 midnight until 12:00 noon. The proposed ordinance adjusts the time for which beer sales can begin on Sundays to be 10:00 a.m. to be consistent with the new hours for alcohol sales provided by state law.
On Monday the first reading was approved for the consideration to change the time of beer sales on Sunday for those establishments with no on-premise TABC license which means grocery stores or convenient stores. A second reading will take place on August 13 and if approved, August 19 will be the first Sunday where the time will be changed for the sale of beer.