Sunday sales for wineries, distilleries may face some challenges if approved

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE - An effort to allow Sunday sales of alcohol as small farm wineries and at distilleries may have hit a snag.

Bullitt Fiscal Court listened to the first reading of an ordinance that county attorney Monica Robinson feels may have a problem.

Since the matter of allowing wineries and distilleries to serve and to sell alcohol on Sundays was presented in March, several questions have arisen, according to Robinson.

Some of the calls have requested that all establishments be allowed to serve liquor and some were concerned that only wineries could serve on Sundays while restaurants in some areas couldn’t.

“There could be a question of equality,” said Robinson.

The original proposal was to allow Jim Beam Distillery to be allowed to serve samples and to sell souvenir package liquor on Sundays. 

Also, proposed was the permission for small farm wineries to serve wines on Sunday.

Magistrate John Bradshaw said he could see lawsuits filed if the wineries are allowed to serve wine and restaurants weren’t.

Tammy Baker, assistant county attorney, said her research reveals that there could indeed be problems of equality.

“I think it could be challenged,” said Baker.

Neither Baker nor Robinson had any problems with the sampling done at the distilleries.

Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts said it appeared to be a way to help tourism and create jobs.

The cities of Shepherdsville and Hillview have allowed Sunday sales of alcohol. The four wineries are located in unincorporated areas of the county.

Discussion and a second reading are planned for the Tuesday, May 3, meeting of Bullitt Fiscal Court. The meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. in the courthouse. The public is invited to attend.