More of the craziest state alcohol laws


We at the R Street Institute recently debuted our America’s Worst Drinks Laws report, recounting what we viewed as the 12 worst alcohol laws in America. Insider has gotten into the act with a list of “7 states that have strict laws about how and when you can drink alcohol,” including interesting ones from Alaska, Utah, and Massachusetts:

[E]ach state still has its own unique liquor laws, including where you can buy alcohol and what times you're allowed to buy it. Many states have time restrictions on Sundays and restrictions on obtaining alcohol licenses…

Bars and liquor stores can't open until polls close on election days in Alaska.

On election days in Alaska, businesses that sell alcohol must stay closed until polls close. It is also illegal to be drunk on the premises of a bar or restaurant that sells alcohol, and bars can't sell alcohol at a discounted rate unless the discount is regularly given every day of the week…

In Massachusetts, out-of-state IDs aren't proof of age at bars.

Massachusetts has some of the most strict alcohol laws, including that bars don't have to accept out-of-state IDs as proof of age. Happy hoursfree drinks, and drinking games like beer pong, are also prohibited in the state…

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Alaska Booze Reform Bill Unexpectedly Dies


Last week we noted that Alaska was considering a revamp of its alcohol laws, but it appears that the reform has died almost as soon as it got off the ground. The Daily News-Miner reports that the introduction of a new amendment to the legislation caused it to be withdrawn:

A wide-ranging overhaul of the state's alcohol laws essentially died Thursday when its author withdrew it from committee following public outcry over a House amendment that would have cut brewery and distillery serving sizes by one-third...

The amendment cutting serving sizes in breweries and distilleries came out of the House Labor and Commerce Committee. Public criticism has focused on potential conflicts of interest within the committee and was pointed at Rep. Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak, who is a former member of the Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailers Association and owned a bar in Kodiak for 25 years, and Rep. Adam Wool, D-Fairbanks, the committee's vice chairman who owns The Blue Loon, a bar and nightclub in Ester.

The amendment aimed to cut brewery serving sizes from 36 ounces to 24 ounces a day and distillery serving sizes from 3 ounces to 2 ounces a day...

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Alaska Considering an Alcohol Law Revamp


According to the Daily News-Miner, the Alaskan state legislature is considering a bill that would allow alcohol manufacturers to serve drinks on-site and permit out-of-state direct-to-consumer wine shipments. The bill does not, however, allow distilleries to serve cocktails on-premise, nor does it allow out-of-state shipments of any alcohol besides wine:

The Alaska State Senate passed a bill Monday that would essentially rewrite the state’s alcohol regulations. The overhaul legislation does not include any reference to the highly contentious issue of whether distilleries can serve cocktails.

Senate Bill 76, introduced by Soldotna Republican Sen. Peter Micciche, seeks to update Title IV statutes governing the Alcoholic Beverage Control in Alaska.

One of the biggest changes included in the bill is a regulation change that will now allow a manufacturer to own a retail license or beverage dispensary license, according to Rachel Hanke, a spokesperson for Micciche...

The new title update also includes a clause regulating online sales of alcohol and create a winery direct shipment license which would allow out-of-state wineries to ship directly to consumers. This would apply only to wineries...

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