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    Default Potent Potables for $500, Alex: Weird liquor laws

    The local CBS affiliate here in Cincinnati (which serves southeast Indiana) is reporting that there's a petition drive in Indiana to eliminate some beer sales restrictions in the Hoosier state. New laws would allow for Sunday sales, and for supermarkets and convenience stores to sell cold beer for the first time. (Apparently, as of now, only liquor stores can sell chilled beer.)

    Both of these restrictions strike me as being strange.

    Then again, I think the idea of state stores -- something we've dealt with here in Ohio -- to be even weirder. Then there are the states where you have to be a member of a private club to imbibe intoxicants.

    What kind of weird liquor laws are you aware of? Weigh in, please

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    Mark - you're describing Iowa - THIRTY YEARS AGO.
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    Default Re: Potent Potables for $500, Alex: Weird liquor laws

    Liquor stores just started being able to sell on Sundays this year in Colorado. The grocery stores can only sell 3.2 beer and no liquor. We still cant sell cars on Sunday.

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    Default Re: Potent Potables for $500, Alex: Weird liquor laws

    Pennsylvania has the strangest beer laws. The only places you can only buy your beer is at a restaurant/bar or at a beer distributor that can only sell beer by the case.

    You also can get beer to go at a bar where you are allowed to buy up to two six packs.

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    I can't say if it is still the law, but when I lived in Washington, many years ago, there was a law that if you were going to move from one place in a bar to another, i.e., from the bar to a table or from one table to another table, a waitperson had to carry your drink. You could not carry a drink while walking in a bar. I suppose it stopped a lot of fights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M Richardson View Post
    I can't say if it is still the law, but when I lived in Washington, many years ago, there was a law that if you were going to move from one place in a bar to another, i.e., from the bar to a table or from one table to another table, a waitperson had to carry your drink. You could not carry a drink while walking in a bar. I suppose it stopped a lot of fights.
    I remember similar situations when, say, you're waiting for a table at Friday's, buy a drink at the bar and you're standing there holding it as you savor it, you get the call "Table's ready" and the waitperson grabbed the drink and carried it to your table. I always assumed it was a legal issue, not a matter of the restauant being concerned about you spilling your Chablis on the carpet.

    Another liquor oddity is the dry county, a real issue in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, immediately to the south of Cincinnati. Entire townships, communities and counties where you can't legally purchase any form of alcohol in any form any day of the week -- packaged or by the drink. (Ironically, at least one Kentucky bourbon distillery is in a dry county.) I remember years ago spending a weekend in a resort in a dry county in Kentucky; drove to a Holiday Inn, and was thrilled to see wine glasses on the beautifully set table. Waitress asked, "What you like to drink?" and I said, "How about a glass of red wine" and she said, "Sorry, we're dry" and she scooped up the wine glass. To my way of thinking, it was akin to having an ash tray out on a table in a no-smoking restaurant. Nothin' but a tease.

    Fun to read about odd liquor laws in other places. Keep 'em comin'!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ODH View Post
    Pennsylvania has the strangest beer laws. The only places you can only buy your beer is at a restaurant/bar or at a beer distributor that can only sell beer by the case.

    You also can get beer to go at a bar where you are allowed to buy up to two six packs.
    New Yor had a similar law. Liquor and beer were not sold in the same store and the liquor store closed at like 9pm

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    Here in NJ, grovery stores are not allowed to sell beer, wine or liquor.. However, there are allowed to lease space to an indepedent liquor store inside the grovery store. Now there is movement afoot to allow the grocery stores to sell... The state wants to set the liquor license at $1,000,000 - the fee paid for the right to sell...Just another tax raising gimmick...
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    Default Re: Potent Potables for $500, Alex: Weird liquor laws

    In PA, beer distributors are closed on Sunday, but bars and "six pack shops" can sell 2 six packs at a time even on Sunday.

    If you want the whole case, you have to buy 2 six packs and carry them to your car and then go back inside an buy two more.


    Here's another...
    I was in a bar that had just opened. They bought two adjacent storefronts which they gutted the inside and made one large space.

    However, the liquor license was only good at one of the addresses. So, you could only buy beer at one side of the bar.

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