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July 17, 2012

Somerset gearing up for alcohol education

Somerset —  

As the City of Somerset readies itself for the arrival of legal alcohol sales, those interested in getting into the booze business will need to ready themselves with a little extra education on the subject.
Mayor Eddie Girdler announced on Tuesday that Somerset will be requiring every business and individual employed in the selling and serving of alcoholic beverages to participate in and complete a city-approved training program.
This effort is made in conjunction with the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), and will inform on the matter of responsible beverage service. 
This applies to holders of all different types of licenses — Retail Liquor Package (liquor stores), Retail Liquor Drink (bars/clubs), Retail Malt Beverage (beer sales), Restaurant Drink (individual drink sales), Restaurant Wine by the Drink, and Temporary Licenses.
Since all licenses to serve alcoholic beverages will be new, all employees must be trained prior to the opening of the sale or service.
“It’s a requirement from the state; it has to be written into your local ordinances,” said Girdler. “There are different ways of applying the training that the state requires to be in the file of every business that employs people to sell or distribute or handle the alcohol. They leave it up to each local community as to how it’s done.”
Kentucky ABC offers the STAR (Service Training in Alcohol Regulations) course, and it will be available in Somerset once a month starting in August until the end of the year. Tentative dates are August 20, September 11, October 9, November 19, and December 5. The ABC course costs $35 per person and the certification lasts for three years, said Girdler, who noted that the class likely lasts close to four hours.
Other training programs include the TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures) course, and any education efforts offered by individual businesses on how to responsibly sell alcohol and monitor what customers consume.

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