The state Department of Alcohol Beverage Control is implementing monthly alcohol serving classes across the state aimed at creating a consistent training schedule as the number of wet counties grows.
The Server Training in Alcohol Regulations or STAR classes are for ABC licensees and their employees. Classes are intended for people who serve or sell alcoholic beverages. They'll be held monthly at state park venues. Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner Christine Trout said the training is not state mandated.
As counties are choosing to increase economic opportunities through alcohol sales, she said, “they’re also choosing increased responsibility and training.”
There have been 65 alcohol-related votes in Kentucky in the last 12 months. In 2014, there were 35 dry counties in the commonwealth. Today, that number is 19.
Trout said the training has an emphasis on underaged drinking.
“A huge portion of the training addresses underage sales, fake identification, potential technology that can be used by our licensees to detect those underage folks,” she said.