Sutton BOS irked over alcohol violation at Whittier Farms – Millbury-Sutton Chronicle

Town Manager Jim Smith reported during the Dec. 4 Board of Selectmen meeting that the annual Chain of Lights event held Dec. 1 went off “without a hitch.”

There was one major issue that involved the serving at alcohol at Whittier Farms.

According to Smith, there was a beer cart serving free samples at the entrance into the farm’s store. Bill Fuller, a licensed individual of the Bartending Service of New England, contacted the Whittier family about having a cart there for the Chain but they decided to not go forward with the one-day beer and wine license. The last time the town heard from Fuller was Nov. 29, two days before the Chain of the Lights.

Smith said he was at Whittier Farms during the Chain of Lights and saw a Purgatory beer cart at the entrance to the farm store.

“In speaking with Wayne Whittier, he wasn’t aware of the requirement,” Smith said. “He thought if you offered samples free of charge, that it was allowed.”

Smith said he contacted the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) and was told a one-day beer and wine license was still needed from the local licensing authority.

“Samples are not allowed in the state under the ABCC,” Smith said. “You need to charge a nominal fee. And the area should be set aside from the entrance to the store. It should be cordoned off in a special area so it’s not accessible by children.”

Smith said the blame should fall on the shoulders of Purgatory Beer.

“They are a licensed alcohol establishment in the Town of Northbridge,” he said. “They should have been able to advise the Whittiers of the rules and regulations. I don’t expect a family farmer to understand alcohol regulations.”

Smith said no acts of drunkenness or improprieties were

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