Holidays bring change in hours at Connecticut liquor outlets

December 22, 2019 GMT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The holidays in Connecticut mean a change in hours for some liquor permit holders.

The Department of Consumer Protection reminded residents that package stores must be closed on Christmas Day and on New Year’s Day, under state law.

Connecticut law also requires bars to be closed by 3 a.m. on the morning of New Year’s Day.

Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle Seagull said her office encourages those who choose to drink alcohol “to make responsible decisions.” She reminded the public they must be over age 21 to make alcohol purchases.

Connecticut lawmakers this year passed legislation updating the state’s liquor laws, in hopes of helping the state’s growing craft brewery industry.

One change, which has already taken effect, allows breweries to sell more beer to customers for consumption off-premises.

The prior law limited craft breweries to selling only up to nine liters to a single individual within one day.