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Baking with Alcohol

CakeLove's picture

Baking with Alcohol

I am in the process of establishing a home based bakery in Morrisville, NC. I would like to know if I will be able to be licensed to bake and sale alcohol infused products?

LindyD's picture

No idea, Cakelover, and section 10 of the ABC permit  page, "Culinary Permit," is kind of vague.

I think your best bet is to ask your local ABC office just to be on the safe side. 

Best of luck in your venture!

NCGrimbo's picture

North Carolina Agriculture Deptartment's home business web site.

If you can't find the answer there, call them and I'm sure they can point you in the right direction.

Chuck's picture

I'd suggest driving to a nearby small town where nobody knows you but it's still in the same state, in the morning (before 9 or 10?) locating a bakery that sells lots of pastries, asking to talk with the baker, and asking him.

I'd be a little afraid that the typical ABC response would be along the lines of "hadn't thought of that, but since you brought it up...". In other words I'd be a little afraid that the very act of asking them might at best plant ideas in their heads and at worst generate the answer you don't want to hear even though it wasn't there before.

Whatever happens, you can probably get one free pass using the excuse "I didn't know". But if any official ever remembers your asking, that excuse won't fly after all.

Nothing77713's picture

As a restaurant management student who recently took a hospitality law class, I would strongly advise you to not try using the excuse "I didn't know." Liquor laws are different state to state so I don't know the exact punishments in SC, but they're often very strict and could possibly result in heavy fines or maybe even shutting down your business. The more conservative the state, the stricter the laws. As always when entering commercial foodservice it is best to know the laws and get any permits/licenses needed so your liability is as small as possible if problems occur later.