Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Who Sells the Booze?
Alcohol laws in the US are holdovers from the repeal of Prohibition in 1933. The alcohol laws in various states vary considerably. For instance, in North Carolina you must buy liquor at an ABC store, but you can buy beer and wine at the grocery store. In Kentucky, liquor laws dating to the 1930s allow grocery stores to sell beer but require a separate license AND separate entrance/store to sell liquor and wine. Recently there has been a push to allow grocery stores to sell wine in the actual grocery store -a move against which some liquor stores are lobbying. In Utah you cannot technically order a double shot of alcohol, but you can order two single shots in two separate glasses. And while New Hampshire requires all liquor sales go through state-owned ABC stores, the state kindly advertises its ABC stores with those giant, green, metal signs on NH interstates.