Category:  Alcohol Law


By , September 6, 2012 in Alcohol Law

Three day weekends rock, but you also miss a few things: Monday traffic, that coworker you have a creepy crush on, that coworker you have a creepy crush on, that coworker you- get out of my head!- and news. It is a statistical approximation that over 70% of office drones receive a majority of their news from aimless clicking every Monday morning. No Monday? No news. Which is why you may have missed this juicy deet: on Saturday, September 1st, the White House released two of their buzzed about home brew recipes in a blog post by Sam Kass, White House Assistant Chef and the Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives (Click through for the recipes as well as a video worth the watch for any homebrew fanatic). [via The White House] You can catch up on Presidential beer news here, but we’ve also got a few new details, in light of the news:… Read More »

POTUS Potables

By , August 23, 2012 in Alcohol Law

In a re-election year, everything POTUS comes under speculation at some point, and 2012 is no different. This is a booze blog and not an anything else blog, so I tend to shy from topics that may distract or overpower our beloved subject matter, but I can no longer ignore them: beer coverage in the 2012 election has reached a critical mass. It’s time for action. [JIM WATSON / AFP- GETTY IMAGES; Time article]   Let’s catch up: -Back in February, POTUS Beer came on the scene when President Obama served his homebrewed White House Honey Ale to partygoers alongside offerings from Green Bay and Pennsylvania’s own Yuengling. [via Draft Mag, Gawker, Obama Foodorama] -The topic of Presidential Brews laid low for a while, coming back into the spotlight when he visited Ziggy’s Bar in Amherst, Ohio, and made safe, but ultimately not his own decisions on what to drink…. Read More »

Beer Ads Are Lying To You

By , January 4, 2012 in Alcohol Law, Beer, beer history

Do not be alarmed. They are still based mostly in truth. Beer will surround you with babes. It will make everything more fun. And, of course, it will make you look like a male model (the cool ones that high-five and watch football, not the condescending ones that make you feel bad for not knowing the difference between a cardigan and a pants). But according to new research conducted by Australians (if you’re imagining a kangaroo in a lab coat, you aren’t alone), for a certain beer niche, there is a much more serious discrepancy between advertisement and reality. Low-gluten and gluten-free beers are alternatives created to accommodate the needs of those with celiac disease and other gluten intolerances. According to this study, gluten-free beers pose no problem to those afflicted, but beers advertised simply as low-gluten “may still contain symptom-inducing levels of gluten”. The science behind all this involves words like “hordein” (if you’re… Read More »

Prohibition – The documentary

By , September 29, 2011 in Alcohol Law, Beer, prohibition

Do you love to drink alcoholic beverages? Do you live in the US? Statistics, Internet traffic reports and common sense tell us that the answer to both questions is yes for most of you. We’re a boozy, flag-waving bunch, aren’t we? Can I get a “hell, yeah!”? Do you love long, multi-part documentaries about events that happened generations ago? Do you love to wallow in history and examine the motives and motivations of people long since dead? Okay, maybe not but, still, you probably want to pay attention to this one. Prohibition will be aired on PBS stations across the US beginning next week on Monday. This is one of those documentaries from Ken Burns so, if you’ve seen his work on the Civil War, jazz or baseball, you know it’s going to be interesting as well as quality. Personally, I’m quite excited about this documentary. I’ve read many histories… Read More »

A day on the lake

Growing up in a suburb where the closest body of water was my grandparent’s pool, I never knew the joy that comes with renting a boat for the day, taking it out on the lake, and skipping rocks while you eat BBQ and drink lemonade with your family. While I still don’t know that, many of my friends do. And a few weekends ago, I was invited along when they decided to do what we twenty-somethings do best: bastardize family memories. As we pulled out of the dock in our party boat, something didn’t seem right. “Is this legal?” I was sitting on a keg of Miller High Life and pouring myself a drink from the Gin bucket next to me. My friend, The Captain (no, not Captain Morgan), advised me to stop being a pansy and double-fist. I poured myself a beer and pestered. “Seriously, the guy from the… Read More »

Beer pong ban stopped

By , February 27, 2011 in Alcohol Law, Beer

I wasn’t aware that beer pong was in danger of being banned but, it was in Nebraska. It seems that, thanks to some overly enthusiastic — and sloshed — beer pong players at a fundraiser last year, the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission recently considered a ban on all drinking games. The idea was that any game that promoted drinking would lead to over intoxication. There’s some logic to that but, once again, it’s killing flies with cannons. How many times do people play beer pong without causing trouble? To ban all beer pong because once in a while someone over does it is like banning cars because there are occasional traffic accidents. Fortunately, someone remembered that there is a law on the books in Nebraska that prohibits serving alcohol to someone who is already too drunk. Upon being reminded of this, the board voted unanimously against banning beer pong. By… Read More »

Protecting Scotch whisky one country at a time

By , December 29, 2010 in Alcohol Law, scotch, whiskey, whisky

As you know, the term whisky is generally reserved for Scotch. Whiskey is the word used for the same sort of stuff made outside of Scotland although this distinction isn’t recognized in all cases. Some regions and countries choose to respect this distinction by writing it into law. Add China, Panama and Vietnam to the list of countries that have decided to formally protect Scotch whisky. The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) announced last week that, after securing protection in China and Panama, the Vietnamese National Office for Intellectual Property agreed to recognize the term as a “geographical indication of origin.” I admit that I’m a bit of a word geek which is why this sort of thing fascinates me. Written English has always been fluid. It’s only been in the last century or so that people have made a serious effort to freeze the written form of this living language… Read More »

Bad Beer = Crime Against Humanity

By , November 8, 2010 in Alcohol Law, alcohol quotes, Beer

Every now and then lawmakers get it right. It doesn’t happen very often so, we should acknowledge it when it does — even if it happened centuries ago. The selling of bad beer is a crime against Christian love. -13th century law from the city of Augsburg. Part of the November 2010 series of Beer and booze quips, quotes and one-liners

Skilled booze theives

By , October 27, 2010 in Alcohol Law, booze

Okay, let’s kick this off with a clear distinction. Just because I admire the skill at work here doesn’t mean that I condone. Also, to further clarify, while I admire the skill I’m also a little horrified by it. Here’s what happened. The DPF Liquor Store in Southern Florida was ripped off. But, it wasn’t a late night, cat burglar situation nor was it a gun-in-your-face, “give me all your money” sort of heist either. It was simple pick-pocketing. I hear you, what’s so admirable about simple pick-pocketing? I’ll tell you want. It was down right in front of the owner and two employees. Not only that but, the thieves made off with $3,800 in booze. But, even those facts aren’t the most amazing. The thieves work as a group – one man and a handful of women. The man chats up the employees, distracting them, while the women steal… Read More »

Gnat Hunting with a Shot-Gun

By , July 31, 2010 in Alcohol Law, Beer

Maybe it’s because my approach to the news is booze-oriented, but it seems to me that politicians and lawmakers love to default to overkill when it comes to alcohol. Don’t get me wrong, I think that it’s good to have regulation on drinking age and such, although I may disagree with the current levels. Alcohol is an adult beverage and should be treated as such. On the other hand, those of us who legally enjoy alcohol are adults and should be treated as such. Here’s what set me off this time. Back on Labor Day, 2008, an “alcohol-fueled riot,” whatever the hell that means, on a beach in San Diego led to a permanent ban to drinking on the beach. Let’s think about this. A one time incident where, presumably, a number of laws were broken by a few ill-behaved people led to a complete ban of alcohol. Isn’t it… Read More »