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January 22, 2006


Alabama Outlaws Kegs

I’m getting a bit worried about one of our manufacturer’s reps who lives in Birmingham, after I saw this story:

Keg parties at fraternities and many other places would be outlawed under a bill passed 30-0 Tuesday by the state Senate.

If the bill becomes law, people could drink draft beer only at a bar, restaurant, private club or other retail establishment licensed for beer sales by the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, said Sen. Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro, the bill’s sponsor. People could not buy a keg and take it elsewhere to drink.

Singleton said he proposed the bill in an effort to stop teenagers from drinking beer.

That rep has a kegerator at home. This bill, if it becomes law, would force him to drive across state lines for kegs if he were to get them. Thankfully, being here in Georgia (the “liberal” southern state), I don’t think this will spread my way, but that doesn’t make it any less wrong.

And of course, they trotted out the usual tired old canard, “it’s for the children”… After all, when it’s against the law to buy kegs, only us outlaws will have kegs.

Hat Tip: McQ at QandO


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6 Comments

  1. Do you suppose that politicians will ever learn that anti-vice laws just create criminals? They never, ever stop the “problem” that they think needs fixing. Notice, this politician doesn’t want to stop keg sales because of something he is doing, it’s, naturally, about stopping someone else from doing something bad.

    Comment by Eric — January 22, 2006 @ 2:42 pm
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    Trackback by The Liberty Papers — January 22, 2006 @ 5:40 pm
  3. As I’m learning from the wine blog Fermentation, this probably has absolutely nothing to do with these legislators. I’ll bet either the distributors or bars are lobbying the state legislators to reduce competition. After all, I’m sure the distributors probably make more revenue on bottles/cans than kegs, and from the cost of kegs, that’s where bars make their highest margin as well. Might as well make sure your customers can’t have them at home.

    The “for the children” BS is just PR cover.

    Comment by Brad Warbiany — January 22, 2006 @ 9:26 pm
  4. I’d bet that many of the politicos supporting this actually think that they are doing this for the kids. At the same time, I would agree that someone thinks they have something to gain.

    Comment by Eric — January 22, 2006 @ 11:53 pm
  5. I’m a kid, and I’d like to respectfully ask legislators to stop doing things for me. I’m quite capable of handling them myself, thanks.

    Comment by Mike — January 23, 2006 @ 3:42 am
  6. [...] One of the sub-sets of the War On Drugs™ is the continuing, and pretty well fruitless, effort to prevent people under the age of 21 from drinking. Brad, the Unrepentant Individual, points out yet another episode in this continuing and puritanical folly in Alabama. If the bill becomes law, people could drink draft beer only at a bar, restaurant, private club or other retail establishment licensed for beer sales by the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, said Sen. Bobby Singleton, D-Greensboro, the bill’s sponsor. [...]

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