Paul LePage

Fireball bottler fights against proposed ban on 'nips' sales

The Louisiana-based whiskey producer has launched a fight against the Republican governor's proposed ban on in-state sales of tiny alcohol bottles.

The future of the popular, shot-sized "nips" in Maine is in the hands of a state liquor commission, which is set to deliver a key vote Tuesday. Gov. Paul LePage's administration recommended the ban last month, and the commission's five LePage-appointed members expects to finalize the decision in August.

Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey is driving Maine's soaring sales of nips, with the largest growth in southern Maine. The LePage administration says the state sold 8.4 million 50-mililiter liquor bottles in the 2016 fiscal...