Electric Brewing Supply 30A BCS Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > Alcohol laws
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 02-17-2007, 06:28 PM   #1
Torchiest
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Torchiest's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 1,768
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts
Likes Given: 5

Default Alcohol laws

The thread BeerRenter started got me thinking: what are all the variations in alcohol laws by country and state? Maybe we can all compile a list and just compare the wacky differences.

Here in Texas, liquor can only be sold in liquor stores. Beer and wine can be sold in any supermarket or convenience store as well as liquor stores. Liquor stores have to close at 9pm, and they cannot be open on Sundays. You can't buy beer or wine until noon on Sunday. You can't buy beer or wine after midnight, except on Saturdays when the limit is 1am.

__________________
WORLD DOMINATION BEER
Kegged
#48 Black Helicopter Porter #49 Pikemen Porter
Up Next:
#50 Imperious IPA
#51 Razz Buried
Torchiest is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-17-2007, 07:05 PM   #2
feedthebear
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Utah
Posts: 697
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts

Default

I'll give the abbreviated Utah laws, as I understand them.

All beer is 3.2 beer unless it is sold in a bar or pub.

All cocktails sold in restaurants only have 1 shot of liquor in them unless they require "flavor" shots. You can get one additional shot per "flavor". In other words, if you want a mixed drink. Get the mixed drink with the most spirits listed as ingredients. If you get a martini, its only one shot of vodka.

If you want a drink at a restaurant, you must order food first.

You can never have more than one drink in front of you at a time. If you need a chaser, take a buddy with you. You order one and they order the other, you drink them both.

You don't have to order food with your drink at a bar or pub. But bars and pubs are, "private clubs" and you need a membership. You can buy a daily or weekly membership at most "private clubs". Think of it as being like a cover charge. Or you can hang around outside until a local will, "sponser" you in.

Liquor and +3.2% beer can only be distributed at State Liquor Stores. This means that if you need them for a party on Sunday or a holiday, you need to plan ahead.

__________________
Planning: Agave Witbock, Raisin Beer
Primary: GF Hazelnut Stout
Tertiary: Cranberry-Pom pLambic (est. bottle date: 03/01/08)
Drinking: Cab.Sav/Merlot Wine, Grand Cru, Hazelnut Stout #3, Ordinary Bitter

feedthebear is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-17-2007, 07:43 PM   #3
cclloyd
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
cclloyd's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Largo, Florida
Posts: 2,970
Liked 31 Times on 29 Posts
Likes Given: 71

Default

The laws here in Florida vary from one county to the next. Up until a couple of years ago the "blue" laws were prevalent in this area (Tampa Bay - a four county area) but now things have relaxed (in the name of tax revenue I'm sure).
I live in Tampa (Hillsborough County) and work in St. Pete (Pinellas County).
They are quite similar with one major difference (which may have changed recently but I'm not sure) - in Pinellas you can't buy package liquor on Sunday but in Hillsborough you can. Aside from that..... you can buy beer and wine nearly anywhere - convenience stores, grocery stores, gas stations, liquor stores etc., but liquor can only be purchased at a "liquor store". You can buy anything after 8:00am any day except Sunday - then it's after 11:00am.
In bars and restaurants they have to have a liquor license with which they can sell any alcoholic beverages, or a beer and wine license with which they can only sell - duh - beer and wine. With a little planning there is minimal problem with getting what you desire (need!) when you like.
I lived in Minneapolis for a couple of years (WTF was I thinking!) in the 80's and as I recall they had some incredibly inconvenient liquor laws involving "state stores" with very limited hours.

__________________
cclloyd is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-17-2007, 09:00 PM   #4
dibby33
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
dibby33's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Hobart, Tasmania
Posts: 2,164
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Default

I would move. Mad people.

__________________

Primary
s : Ginger Beer, Wheat Beer
.
Secondary :
Empty
Bottled
: all drunk
Drinking : A Lot.
Next Up : Wheat Beer with grainy things
dibby33 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-17-2007, 09:10 PM   #5
DeadYetiBrew
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Memphis, TN
Posts: 1,052
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Memphis, TN - Liquor and wine is sold at liquor stores, Beer can be sold at grocery stores, gas stations, and even Walgreen's up to (i think) 5%. Beer over 5% is considered Malt Liquor and is only sold at Liquor stores.

Just 5 miles from here in Southaven, MS - Happy Hours you may only have 1 at a time. This is where things get complicated. Sunday is a dry county, you can have beer after Noon. however there is a very fine line. A highway runs through it. On one side this applies on the other side it doesn't.

__________________
DeadYetiBrew is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-17-2007, 09:45 PM   #6
SOB
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Delaware, OH
Posts: 975
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts

Default

Ohio is pretty nice and simple. You can basically buy beer/wine/alcohol (up to 20%) anywhere that has a liquor licence. Any higher you need to go to a liquor store. The county that I live on the border of was dry until recently. So there was nothing at all, but luckilly there was a speedway and liquor store that was across the street from the limits that did sell alcohol.

Lets see...alcohol cant be sold after 2am. On Sundays I always get confused. With the correct liquor licence you can sell beer any time, but wine and liquor after noon. If you dont have this licence you cant sell wine or liquor at all.

I was pretty surprised at some of the other laws, like Utah! They make it a little too hard to get a good drink...

__________________
"So we were slammin' beers in the church parking lot..."

"I'm much too young to feel this damn old"
SOB is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-17-2007, 09:56 PM   #7
dibby33
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
dibby33's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Hobart, Tasmania
Posts: 2,164
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts

Default

In Tasmania I think you can buy alcohol (anything) from 0900 - 2300 from bottle shops (off licences / liquor stores or whatever you want to call them).
However these are the only places that you can purchase, luckily there are hundreds of them and nearly all drive through. ...handy when you buy 4 cartons like I did yesterday :-)

I have seen people get served in pubs at 9am.

__________________

Primary
s : Ginger Beer, Wheat Beer
.
Secondary :
Empty
Bottled
: all drunk
Drinking : A Lot.
Next Up : Wheat Beer with grainy things
dibby33 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-18-2007, 02:53 AM   #8
Kegofclub
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 14
Default

In Indiana, you can buy beer from convienence stores but only warm, and no alcohol at all on Sundays...from anywhere

__________________
Kegofclub is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-18-2007, 12:20 PM   #9
nerdlogic
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 91
Default

Laws for homebrewing --- sorted by state:

http://www.beertown.org/homebrewing/legal.html

AWSOME, right?

__________________
nerdlogic is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-18-2007, 01:01 PM   #10
abracadabra
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
abracadabra's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Newnan, Georgia
Posts: 1,925
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts

Default

I have a good one:
Randolph county Alabama is a dry county you may not purchase alcohol of any kind. No alcohol may be in the passenger compartment of your vehicle. No more than 1 case of beer per person is allowed in your home and no more than 1 case of beer in your vehicle regardless of the number of passengers or you will be charged as a bootlegger. If the beer in your trunk is on ice that is also a violation of the law.
I don't remember what the limits on liquor are but something like 1 fifth per person and only 1 fifth in your trunk but it could be a half gallon.

This is all hearsay from a long time resident not a lawyer.

__________________
Do what you like!
Brew what you like!
abracadabra is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
6% laws? zoebisch01 General Beer Discussion 19 03-06-2007 01:10 PM
Strange Alcohol Laws Hopfan General Chit Chat 35 01-29-2007 06:10 PM
Laws Brewers United Mead Forum 1 02-06-2006 07:29 PM
Alcohol Content Laws captaineriv General Beer Discussion 14 12-09-2005 11:27 AM