Both Fivestar Food Marts in Lyon County began selling packaged beer April 2. The sales follow the Jan. 15 referendum to repeal prohibition countywide. Lyon County Sheriff Kent Murphy, who also serves as the county’s Alcoholic Beverage Control officer, said it’s like to be closer to the end of the year before other types of packaged alcohol are available for sale.
“The others will probably be 6, 8 or even 10 months away because they go through a longer process,” Murphy said. But beer is an easy thing, they just have to meet their regulations.”
The Jan. 15 measure passed with 1,530 votes for sales and 1,272 against them. Since then, potential and current business owners have navigated state regulations to sell alcohol. Businesses seeking to sell liquor, beer or wine must advertise their intent in applying for a license. Some businesses, such as gas stations, are allowed to sell packaged beer, which requires fewer hurdles for business owners. Murphy said full packaged liquor stores vying for the three available licenses had more regulations to meet.
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