Is the consumption of liquor both a moral obligation and a sacred right?

I doubt it. But don’t tell that to a group known as “Ethereal Enigmatic Euphoric Movement towards Civilized Hedonism, LTD.” That group sued the State of Idaho in federal court: The Complaint alleges that Plaintiff is an organization comprised of individuals who believe that the “consumption of distilled spirits is both [a] moral obligation and sacred [...]

Sweepstakes and Guns and Bars

A couple of articles caught my eye today. First, there’s this article (by Demorris A. Lee) appearing online in today’s St. Petersburg Times. It begins: A federal judge’s ruling on whether the constitutional rights of a Pinellas County sweepstakes cafe owner were violated when deputies shut down her business could affect efforts to press criminal charges against [...]

Springfield to defend its “family-oriented theater” alcohol ban

This article appearing today on caught my eye. In the article, Amos Bridges reports that the City of Springfield (MO) will defend a new ordinance that “prohibits alcohol sales at any movie theater where customers younger than 21 account for more than 25 percent of ticket sales.” Theaters that “have achieved … IRC section 501(c)(3) status” are expressly [...]

Might the growler find its way to Decatur?

I love the City of Decatur for many reasons. It’s diverse. It’s eclectic. It’s where I sleep at night. And, as if I needed another reason …. It’s where the growler might surface. It seems, as Decatur Metro mentioned today here, the City is tying to detemine whether it can allow retailers to both fill and sell growlers. [See also Doug Richards [...]

This Friday’s featured cocktail …


… comes in psuedo-scientific format — The Bloody Mary: [source] Read Adam Cole’s mouth-watering, chemical write-up of The Bloody Mary at

Rack the table. Or not.

A law written to capture a specific business sticks out like a sore thumb.  Yesterday the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion beginning, “In this case, we consider whether a business may sue a municipality under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 to recover damages it sustained by cautiously complying with an ordinance that the business claims [...]

Alcohol Regulation Roundup …

… is the title of this handy post from Michelle Minton for Among other tidbits, we learn that, in “Colorado, the newly elected governor, John Hickenlooper, gives those pushing for full-strength beer in grocery stores little hope”; “In Illinois, Crain’s Chicago Business released their investigative report that shows big distributors of beer are employing illegal [...]

It’s cold outside: Think Corkage.

From the “All We Can Eat” blog — appearing in The Washington Post — comes Dave McIntyre’s article, “Wine: Will Maryland wine drinkers get a break?“  Like many states, Maryland has erected a “tiered” system for distributing (and thus selling) alcoholic beverages. The layers make wine shipping a cumbersome and deflating experience for the end-user. Wine enthusiasts are working [...]

More States Allowing Guns in Bars

That’s the title to this provocative article (written by Malcolm Gay) appearing in The New York Times this week. He writes: Happy-hour beers were going for $5 at Past Perfect, a cavernous bar just off this city’s strip of honky-tonks and tourist shops when Adam Ringenberg walked in with a loaded 9-millimeter pistol in the [...]

Don’t tread on my hops & grapes.

“Alcohol Bill Means ‘Happy Hour’ for Lobbyists” is the title of this article by Carrie Levine, appearing on today. She writes: Trade associations and lobbyists for alcohol manufacturers such as MillerCoors, Anheuser-Busch, Heineken and Diageo are brawling with their wholesale distributors over a bill that would strengthen states’ ability to regulate alcohol and make it [...]