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Buyer beware, keg tags link back to purchaser

A new law took effect November 1, 2011, requiring all kegs sold in the state of Michigan to be tagged, linking it back to its purchaser. The tag's purpose is to assist the police in determining who is responsible for the keg in the event police are called to break up a party, or if underage drinking results from the keg's purchase.

Now, to purchase a keg, buyers are required to fill out a receipt revealing their name, address, telephone number, and state identification or driver's license number. For privacy reasons each tag only receives a numerical identification. This identification is also recorded on the receipt kept by the retailer with all of the seller's information.

The penalty for removing the keg tag is forfeiture of the keg deposit. More importantly, a buyer caught with a tagless keg may also be charges with a misdemeanor punishable by a $500.00 fine and up to 93 days in jail.

Keg tags are free to retailers licensed by the Liquor Control Commission. Retailers are required to tag each keg and record the corresponding tad number on the identification receipt. Those who do not comply with the new law's requirements may be fined $50 for each violation.

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