North Carolina-Happy Hour-September 23

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-September 23

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

If you live in North Carolina and enjoy the concept of “Happy Hour” this post will probably not brighten your day. North Carolina liquor laws are controlled by the NC Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) Commission. In addition to the ABC Commission there are approximately 158 County or Local ABC Boards in North Carolina.

The first ABC store in the State of North Carolina opened in 1935 in Wilson NC. On its first day of operation, shoppers at the Wilson ABC Store purchased 825 bottles of liquor at a total cost of $1,003. There were no reports of rowdiness or drinking on the premises as had been predicted by prohibitionists.


North Carolina is one of 17 control states and a member of the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association. NC ABC Commission is an agency under the Department of Public Safety. They provide uniform control over the sale, purchase, transportation, manufacture, consumption and possession of alcoholic beverages in the state.

North Carolina is a “local option” state with 50 county and 118 municipal ABC boards operating the retail ABC stores that sell bottles of spirituous liquor in the state. The sale of beer, wine and mixed drinks is legal in jurisdictions across the state which have voted in favor of it.

So let me get back to Happy Hour-I found a FAQ online about North Carolina Happy Hours Laws.

The basic answer to most of the happy hour questions is no. For example by law can you go to a bar and order more than one drink? The answer is NO-one drink per person. One exception to the one drink per person is a “Boiler Maker”. A boiler maker consist of a beer and a shot which might be considered two drinks but the ABC Commission has ruled that one drink.

Don’t let your eyes deceive you ONE DRINK not TWO.


Real curious about a flight of craft beer is that one drink or four could not find that ruling.


Maybe my wordpress friends at bitesnbuzz  can provide us a craft beer ruling on how many beers is in a flight per ABC laws.


If you want to learn about NC Happy Hour Laws the link below is for you.




One comment

  1. That’s a great question and I’m going to pass that on. Flights are several 4 ounce pours. You can have up to 6 in a flight so you are looking at 24 ounces. Beers are usually poured in 16 ounce pints, but you can get 22 ounce drinks under 8 ABV I believe: Higher Gravity Beers can only be served in 10 oz pours. So….not sure why you can get the extra 2 oz in a flight. Going to pass this on to @FreetobrewNC to see if we can get an answer. 🍻

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