Alcoholic Liquors Generally

ORS 471.001
Definitions for ORS chapters 471 and 473

As used in this chapter and ORS chapter 473:


“Alcoholic beverage” and “alcoholic liquor” mean any liquid or solid containing more than one-half of one percent alcohol by volume and capable of being consumed by a human being.


“Commercial establishment” means a place of business:


Where food is cooked and served;


That has kitchen facilities adequate for the preparation and serving of meals;


That has dining facilities adequate for the serving and consumption of meals; and




If not a for-profit private club, serves meals to the general public; or


If a for-profit private club, serves meals to the club’s members and guests and complies with any minimum membership and food service requirements established by Oregon Liquor Control Commission rules.


“Commission” means the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.


“Distilled liquor” means any alcoholic beverage other than a wine, cider or malt beverage. “Distilled liquor” includes distilled spirits.


“Licensee” means any person holding a license issued under this chapter.


(a) “Malt beverage” means an alcoholic beverage obtained by the fermentation of grain that contains not more than 14 percent alcohol by volume.


“Malt beverage” includes:


Beer, ale, porter, stout and similar alcoholic beverages containing not more than 14 percent alcohol by volume;


Malt beverages containing six percent or less alcohol by volume and that contain at least 51 percent alcohol by volume obtained by the fermentation of grain, as long as not more than 49 percent of the beverage’s overall alcohol content is obtained from flavors and other added nonbeverage ingredients containing alcohol; and


Malt beverages containing more than six percent alcohol by volume that derive not more than 1.5 percent of the beverage’s overall alcohol content by volume from flavors and other added nonbeverage ingredients containing alcohol.


“Malt beverage” does not include cider or an alcoholic beverage obtained primarily by fermentation of rice, such as sake.


“Manufacturer” means every person who produces, brews, ferments, manufactures or blends an alcoholic beverage within this state or who imports or causes to be imported into this state an alcoholic beverage for sale or distribution within the state.


“Permittee” means a person holding a permit issued under ORS 471.360 (Service permit required) to 471.385 (Grounds for revoking or suspending permit or imposing civil penalty).


“Premises” or “licensed premises” means a location licensed under this chapter and includes all enclosed areas at the location that are used in the business operated at the location, including offices, kitchens, rest rooms and storerooms, including all public and private areas where patrons are permitted to be present. “Premises” or “licensed premises” includes areas outside of a building that the commission has specifically designated as approved for alcoholic beverage service or consumption.


“Regulatory specialist” means a full-time employee of the commission who is authorized to act as an agent of the commission in conducting inspections or investigations, making arrests and seizures, aiding in prosecutions for offenses, issuing citations for violations and otherwise enforcing this chapter, ORS 474.005 (Definitions) to 474.095 (Prohibited conduct of supplier), 474.115 (Wholesale sale of malt beverage subject to agreement designating territory of sale), 475B.010 (Short title) to 475B.545 (Severability of ORS 475B.010 to 475B.545), 475B.550 (Definitions for ORS 475B.550 to 475B.590) to 475B.590 (Exemption from criminal liability) and 475B.600 (Definitions for ORS 475B.600 to 475B.655) to 475B.655 (Civil penalty for violating ORS 475B.600 to 475B.655), commission rules and any other statutes the commission considers related to regulating liquor, marijuana or marijuana-derived products.


“Wine” means any fermented vinous liquor or fruit juice, or other fermented beverage fit for beverage purposes that is not a malt beverage, containing more than one-half of one percent of alcohol by volume and not more than 21 percent of alcohol by volume. “Wine” includes fortified wine. “Wine” does not include cider. [1995 c.301 §2; 1999 c.351 §42; 2005 c.100 §1; 2010 c.33 §1; 2012 c.54 §1; 2015 c.614 §160; 2016 c.24 §19]
Chapter 471

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Employment by OLCC of staff member as "hearings advocate" at certain OLCC contested case hearings, (1983) Vol 44, p 1

Law Review Citations

16 WLR 479 (1979)


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