• NY back to anonymous beer kegs

04 Jan

In what was perhaps an overreaction to a tragic case of a high school kid dying after a fight at a keg party, the New York State Legislature in 2003 enacted a law requiring beer retailers to affix tags to each keg of beer sold. Among other things, the tags ID’d the purchaser by name, address and driver’s license number.

Oh, and while they were at it, the representatives of the people bumped the $10 deposit on each keg sold to $75. In a fit of public service, they reduced it to $50 in 2008.

But, all that is moot for 2011. The expiration date of the law was November 22, 2010, and the dying days of the last legislative session saw no groundswell of sentiment to extend the provision.

So, we’re back to anonymous kegs.

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Posted by on January 4, 2011 in Beer, Legislation/Regulation


2 responses to “• NY back to anonymous beer kegs

  1. Eric

    January 10, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I was one of those people who paid the mandatory registration deposit of $75 back in 2008. I am assuming that my name is on a list and that will now be able to be refunded to me… yes?

  2. Eric

    January 10, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    I should clarify my comment… there was a mandatory “keg buyer” registration deposit of $75, this was in addition to a deposit to actually return the physical keg once empty. And it was in 2007 not 2008.


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