75 Years Later, Long Shadow of Prohibition Cast on Liquor Laws


Going out for Spanish food in Virginia? Forget about ordering authentic sangria. Want to toast your candidate on Election Day in Idaho? Better stock up on spirits a day before. Looking for highbrow brew in Alabama? Head for Georgia. Nearly 75 years after the repeal of Prohibition, some alcohol laws passed in the 1930s have become the target of connoisseurs who say they are as stale as old beer, reports USA Today. “We have a lot of antiquated liquor laws in Virginia that don’t seem to have a lot of purpose in modern society,” says Adam Ebbin, a Virginia lawmaker.

Virginia is considering changes in the laws. Among other initiatives: a Wisconsin Assembly committee voted last month to repeal a 1933 law that prohibits local elected officials from owning businesses that sell products or services to liquor-license holders; Idaho, Delaware, Kentucky and South Carolina are considering laws to repeal a ban on distilled liquor sales on election days, and beer enthusiasts in Alabama, Mississippi and West Virginia are lobbying to overturn laws that ban sales of beer that exceeds 6% alcohol–typical of craft beers that appeal to tourists and aficionados.

Link: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-01-24-liquorlaws_N.htm

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