Drinking & the Law

Periodically, we write about the legal issues surrounding the production, distribution, and consumption of alcohol — a topic which is often fraught with controversy. Those posts are collected under our Drinking & the Law category.

Top Drinking & the Law Posts:

What Is Bottled-in-Bond Whiskey?
The Debate Over Whiskey Age Statements: A Drinkhacker Conversation
Maker’s Mark Granted Trademark Protection for Red, Dripping Wax

75th Anniversary of Prohibition’s Repeal

By Christopher Null | December 5, 2008 |

75 years ago, this blog would not have been possible. Never mind that computers and the Internet didn’t exist — alcohol was illegal, too! On December 5th, Prohibition’s Repeal celebrates its 75th anniversary: It was 1933 when we were finally cured of our disastrous 13-year run of bathtub gin and bootlegging. Colorful times, to be…

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The Really Are Gonna Nickel and Dime Us…

By Christopher Null | November 7, 2008 |

Well, nickel us, anyway: Nickel-a-drink tax: Effective Jan. 1, 2009 Schwarzenegger would hike the alcohol taxes in the stat by a nickel per drink (defined as 1.5 ounces of liquor, 12 ounces of beer, or 5 ounces of wine) What it would bring in: $293 million in 208-09 and $584 million in 2009-10. Funny, we…

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Interstate Wine Shipping Laws Still Totally Busted

By Christopher Null | September 25, 2008 |

The Wall Street Journal reminds me how easy I have it here in California: I can order wine or spirits from just about anywhere and have no trouble receiving them here without fear of UPS dumping $100 Cab down the drain. (Believe me, it happens!) I’ve been under the impression that things have been improving…

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