What Were They Thinking? Liquor Law Moments

October 9, 2015
By Toni Jakovec

VomFassvomFASS franchisees can learn some interesting things when navigating the alcohol statutes for their state. Usually the laws are enacted to protect the public and facilitate sales in an orderly and legal manner. However, our hard working lawmakers have created more than a few “what were they thinking?” moments over the years. Here are just few of our favorites:

Arizona Melisa & Louis Conti (Scottsdale) and Kim & Gary Weiss (Sedona) could report that, aside from prohibiting donkeys from sleeping in bathtubs and outlawing camel hunting, Arizona also requires an intoxicated person to stay in the bar for 30 minutes. It is reasoned that it takes that long for a sober person to arrive to escort the intoxicant home.
California Colleen & Jay Cavalieri (San Diego) and Mike & Adelaide Pollastro (San Francisco), Kim Peeples & Denise Solis (Clairemont) had to confront this odd law. It is illegal to sell alcoholic beverages within 5 feet of a cash register that sells both alcohol and motor fuel. Whew. Dodged a bullet there.
Colorado Dustin & Lesli Tanski (Ft. Collins) were surprised to find out it is illegal to ride a horse under the influence, presumably meaning the rider is “under the influence,” not the horse. However, they were relieved to discover cats may not run loose without a taillight. (?)
Florida Laura Zecchini (Boca Raton), Willie & Wendy Doyle (Naples), Jeff Ritter & Joe Pedro (St. Petersburg), Robert & Debbie Kay (Sarasota), Phil & Linda Dickison (The Villages) and Karen & Charlie O’Brien (Winter Garden) stood united in amazement in the face of this odd packaging law: You may sell alcohol in either containers of 32oz or less, or 1 gallon or more, but nothing in between. However, they all firmly stand behind the unusual law making it illegal to sing in public in a bathing suit. In Florida? Really??
Indiana Anyta & Sundaresh Ramanathan (Noblesville), were amused to find that the law prevents men from standing in bars and that drinks “on the house” were prohibited.
Iowa Melissa Bartholomew (Des Moines) found much to her surprise that it is illegal in Iowa to run a bar tab. Also, oddly enough, ministers must obtain a permit to carry liquor across state lines. Ohhhhkay.
Kentucky Jim Reynolds & Jeff Finley (Crestview Hills) tell us that it is illegal to ship alcohol to Kentucky (except through approved distributors) and the felony can bring a 5 year sentence. The good news is, you cannot fish with a bow and arrow.
Louisiana Christine Herman & Denise Dussom learned that underage alcohol possession is illegal, unless the minor is in a private residence, accompanied by a parent or guardian and the purpose is religious, medical or educational. Hmmmm. Easier to understand, it is still illegal to gargle in a public place.
Minnesota Tamra Kramer and George & Jenny Mayaka were greatly surprised that it is NOT a crime to be drunk in public. It is, however, a crime to enter Wisconsin from Minnesota with a chicken on your head. (Living in Wisconsin, I am in favor of this one….TJ)
Missouri Anita Von Ballmoos (St. Louis) came across this unexpected piece of legislation. In St. Louis it is illegal to sit on a curb and drink beer from a bucket. The law apparently is very effective, as Anita claims she has never seen anyone disobey it.
Nevada Kim Weiss (Las Vegas) may be surprised to find that it is illegal to drive a camel on the highway in this tolerant state. But it is forbidden in Nyala, NV to buy drinks for more than 3 people (other than yourself) in one day.
North Carolina Julie Ginsler (Cary) and Kim & Dan Malutich (Wilmington) with their vomFASS O/V/S stores were not faced with these unexpected legal quagmires: State liquor stores are not allowed to advertise; a law prohibits alcohol at bingo games and it is unlawful to sing off key.
South Carolina Jean Brodnax-Martin (Greenville) found herself disappointed by one law, it is illegal to sell alcohol on Sundays, and yet greatly in favor of another law where horses are banned from bathtubs.
Texas Kristin & Chris Vetromile (Austin) and Brian & Larita Moorhead (Houston) were downright confounded by the law stating that it is illegal to consume more than three sips of beer at any one time while standing. Huh? Another headscratcher, the entire Encyclopedia Britannica was banned due to its inclusion of a recipe to make homemade beer.
Wisconsin Ashley & Jessica Morrison (Madison) and Justin Gibson (Madison) were happy to learn that it is legal for an underage spouse to drink alcohol if the other spouse is over 21. However, everyone was disappointed to find out it was illegal to kiss on a train.
Wyoming Kim Weiss (Jackson Hole) doesn’t have to worry about a law stating that you could face up to one year in prison if found drunk in a mine. Also, it is illegal for a woman to stand within 5 feet of a bar while drinking and that intoxicated skiing is illegal. Tough slope!

We hope you’ve learned a little bit about the quirky nature of alcohol laws and had a few giggles along the way.

Speaking of alcohol, October is National Apple Month. What? If you’re wondering how that makes sense, we offer the following recipe using vomFASS Apple Pie Liqueur. Yum.

From Toni’s Kitchen:

Dutch Apple Pie on the Rocks


3 oz. vomFASS Apple Pie Liqueur
1 oz. vomFASS Vanilla Dream
1 oz. Butterscotch Schnapps
1 oz. vomFASS Vodka

Add all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake and pour over ice into a lowball glass.

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Disclaimer: This information is not intended as an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, a franchise. It is for information purposes only. Currently, the following states in the United States regulate the offer and sale of franchises: California, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. If you are a resident of one of these states, we will not offer you a franchise unless and until we have complied with applicable pre-sale registration and disclosure requirements in your jurisdiction.