Seven Of The Craziest Drinking Laws In America
Sometimes, the government just doesn't make any sense.
1. Texas Forces Craft Breweries to Give Up Millions in Valuable Property
2. You Can’t Buy Cold Beer at Convenience Stores in Indiana
3. Buzzkill: States Ban or Restrict Happy Hour
Home to both "Cheers" and the drunkest city in America, Massachusetts has also spawned one of the weirdest drinking laws in the county: a complete ban on happy hours. Since 1984, this modern-day Prohibition has spread to other states, including Illinois, North Carolina and Vermont.
The law is even crazier in Virginia. Happy hours are legal in Old Dominion, and after a decades-long ban, restaurants finally can use the phrase "happy hour" in their print and online ads. Until January 29, 2014, "Virginia restaurants could only advertise happy hour inside the establishment or on a 17-by-22-inch sign attached to the outside of the business."
But the state still won't let restaurants use the word "discounted" or advertise which drinks are cheaper and by how much. So the Virginia Department of Alcohol Beverage Control would censor an ad as vague as "Beer and wine specials from 5–9 p.m. daily." Not only that, all happy hours have to end by 9 p.m.
4. It’s Illegal to Buy Some Growlers in Three States
5. In Kentucky, Pharmacies Can Sell Wine and Liquor, But Not Grocery Stores
Thanks to a law passed way back in 1938, it's against the law for grocery stores and gas stations to sell liquor or wine if they earn 10 percent or more of their sales from selling gas or groceries. But that law doesn't apply to pharmacies, even if they sell groceries. As one federal judge put it, the law "does not explain why a grocery-selling drugstore like Walgreens may sell wine and liquor, but a pharmaceutical-selling grocery store like Kroger cannot."
Not only is the law a major hassle, it's very unpopular too: More than 60 percent of Kentuckians support abolishing the ban. One mom-and-pop grocer even sued the state, but the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the law earlier this year.
6. It’s Illegal to Distill Spirits at Home
7. Utah Forces Restaurants to Hide Preparing Drinks
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