Prohibition: The Sangria Sequel in Virginia
The law was passed just after the repeal of Prohibition in 1934, and technically includes cocktails such as kir royale and beer cocktails in an effort to encourage patrons to "drink less intoxicating beverages."
Commenting on this blast from past, Brandon Arnold, a scholar with the Cato Institute, said:
"The U.S. is riddled with ridiculous state liquor laws that impose restrictions on the size of beer bottles, the number of ounces of spirits allowed in a particular beverage, and the percentage of alcohol in beer, just to name a few. These attempts to reduce alcohol consumption are misguided and often counterproductive. State governments should get out of the nanny business and allow responsible adults to enjoy the alcoholic beverage of their choosing."
It seems bizarre that in 2008, the state would still be telling us how to choose our cocktails. Do you think that this is an arcane law that will soon be abolished or does it represent the stronghold that neo-Prohibition thinking still has on our culture?