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Re: “Old Fashioned? Some Say It's Time to Update the Liquor Department

I think it would be a public disservice to privatize liquor sales. Prices are - on average - lower in liquor control states, rates of binge drinking are lower, incidents of DUI's are lower and incidents of DUI-related fatalities are lower. So then why turn a system that clearly benefits the public and the public good over to private industry? Just look at how Washington has fared with privatizing their liquor stores.

Also, in terms of the "prohibition-era laws" stellaquarta: why on Earth do you think that happy hour would be a good thing? Are you a bar owner or something and are looking to maximize profits? The hour after happy hour coincides with an uptick in drunk driving related incidents and fatalities. It encourages binge drinking, which is not in the interest of the state or society.

Posted by Thommy Taber on 02/09/2016 at 1:46 PM

Re: “Old Fashioned? Some Say It's Time to Update the Liquor Department

How about just changing some of the ridiculous prohibition-era laws that restrict bars and breweries from doing things like having happy hours, pouring drinks without serving food (breweries but not bars, reason unknown), or serving normal-sized pitchers?

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Posted by stellaquarta on 02/04/2016 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Old Fashioned? Some Say It's Time to Update the Liquor Department

I'll tell you another BIG problem with this state is the monopoly afforded to the 5 distributors of beer. For a bar or store to legally sell beer it MUST be bought through one of those 5 distributors. This is done SOLELY for taxing purposes, which is fine, I don't care about that, but what it does do is create a bottleneck where consumers are denied tasty beers from around the world, simply because none of the 5 distributors are ambitious or motivated enough to import them and then offer them for sale to outlets.

Some sort of system needs to be created where bars and stores can import beers from around the United States and indeed the world and sell them directly to consumers. Create some sort of accounting or inventory tracking that allows the state to still get "their cut" and allows me to enjoy a "Drafty Kilt" from Monday Night Brewers out of Atlanta, or a bottle of Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Lord Imperial Stout from 3 Floyds Brewing in Indiana.

Vermont could literally be THE beer destination of the world, combine our incredible brews made right here in the Green Mountain State with top notch brews from out-of-state, and there'd be no reason to go anywhere else. Let's not start playing second fiddle to Colorado or Oregon simply because this state can't get it's liquor control and taxation policies out the 20th century!!

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Posted by Charles Root Jr on 02/04/2016 at 11:01 AM

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