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Old 03-17-2010, 05:26 PM   #1
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I posted this story in another thread but thought it deserves it own thread.

Well, last weekend was the Balloonmeister (Rally Chairman) at the 26th Annual St. Patrick's Day Balloon Rallye in Belen, New Mexico, USA where 40 hot air balloons drifted over the Rio Grande valley south of Albuquerque. After flying, we enjoyed my Toejam Robust Porter and a couple other brews at the tailgate party. It was a huge hit.

The rally was held at a public park where alcohol is "officially" prohibited but the local city police have told us that as long as we keep it low keyed and nobody gets rowdy, no one will say anything. Cool!

Then the County Sheriff came up to us and visited for awhile. He is running for re-election and was out "politikin". He saw the beers and asked about it. Nervously, I told him what the city police had said about drinking in the park. He said he didn't care about all that but what about all the unlabled bottles? I told him about homebrewing and offered him a taste. He said that since he was armed, he could not drink alcohol but it sounded interesting.

He wandered away but a few minutes later came back to the party and asked if the offer to taste was still good. Then he said he had locked his gun up in his car and was ready taste our beer. He loved it and we may have another convert to the obsession.

Anyone else have any interesting "positive" encounters with homebrewing and law enforcement?

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Old 03-17-2010, 05:28 PM   #2
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Sweet! Keep that guy on your contact list, might be useful...

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So, um.........It was ok to drink since his gun was locked in his car? The car that he would presumably be getting into once his drinkin' was done?

Not to say having a drink or two then driving is unsafe but the logic is hilarious.

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So, um.........It was ok to drink since his gun was locked in his car? The car that he would presumably be getting into once his drinkin' was done?

Not to say having a drink or two then driving is unsafe but the logic is hilarious.
Yep, that thought crossed my mind also. But to his credit, he only had a few small sample cups. Probably no more than one 12 oz bottle.
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No, that's cool. It just struck me as funny

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That is awesome, Let me go lock my gun in the car so I can drink with you guys Then I'll walk back to teh car and put my gu back on!? I'm surprised he was allowed to drink in uniform.

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I'm surprised he was allowed to drink in uniform.
He was in civilian clothes, not a uniform.
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Ohhh...he was just a sheriff who was carrying while off-duty. My brother is a cop. They are not allowed to carry off-duty while consuming alcohol. That's all. He wasn't working, just carrying while off-duty. Cool guy though. He would get my vote.

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In many States is is illegal to carry (concealed or "on the hip") while consuming or while in an establishment that sells alcohol. I am not surprised that these same rules apply to off-duty officers....and if they don't they probably should.

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In many States is is illegal to carry (concealed or "on the hip") while consuming or while in an establishment that sells alcohol. I am not surprised that these same rules apply to off-duty officers....and if they don't they probably should.
Definitely the law in NM (and part of required signage for pubs)
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