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Old 04-07-2007, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Portland OR
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Hello. I am doing research on liquor laws across the country. What's the deal in your town or city? What days and times can you purchase alcohol? Are there 'dry' counties or cities? Where can you purchase alcohol (liquor store, convenience/grocery stores, state liquor stores)? Tell me something interesting about your location and maybe how it is different from neighboring states or towns or counties (Maybe you live in a 'wet' city inside of a 'dry' county).

For instance, did you know in Alabama draft beer is illegal unless determined otherwise by the county or city? Or in Colorado you can only buy 4% alcohol by volume beer in liquor store, not in convenience stores or grocery stores?

Any replies would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 04-07-2007, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Princeton, New Jersey
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Hello. I am doing research on liquor laws across the country. What's the deal in your town or city? What days and times can you purchase alcohol? Are there 'dry' counties or cities? Where can you purchase alcohol (liquor store, convenience/grocery stores, state liquor stores)? Tell me something interesting about your location and maybe how it is different from neighboring states or towns or counties (Maybe you live in a 'wet' city inside of a 'dry' county).

For instance, did you know in Alabama draft beer is illegal unless determined otherwise by the county or city? Or in Colorado you can only buy 4% alcohol by volume beer in liquor store, not in convenience stores or grocery stores?

Any replies would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
Mercer/Middlesex County, NJ. Buy anytime from liquor stores. Some Shop Rites have a liquor section (depends on if the local owner got a liquor license). Last call at bars in New Brunswick is 2 am I think. Bars close at 3 am.
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Old 04-08-2007, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Just a few miles outside of St. Louis
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Here in Santa Rosa County, Florida, we have been a dry county, up until about a year and a half ago. Actually, I always considered it a "damp" county, because you could still buy beer and wine coolers, and over on the beach, you could get stronger stuff, due to the fact that they had been grandfathered in. But, that was it. No liquor on the mainland. There have been votes at least seven times, in the county, since the days of Prohibition, when the "dry" was first enacted, but it wasn't until this last vote that the county was finally voted wet. Based on the poulation of the county, I believe that 17 liquor licenses were sold, via a lottery. Because this is all recent, there are not any liquor/package stores, yet, in the county. Altough, the grocery stores now sell wines, and the restaurants, bowling alleys, etc., can sell mixed drinks and such. On Sunday, you still can't buy booze before noon.
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Old 04-08-2007, 12:32 PM
 
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In Indiana, the sale of all alcohol is illegal on Sundays, except for at restaurants and bars. It is very annoying...how many events take place on Sundays? Pretty much everything. It was especially bad when this past New Years Eve took place on a Sunday!
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Old 04-08-2007, 03:02 PM
 
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Hello
I am from France and possibly going to the USA next fall.
I was curious about the alcohol, do you have to be 21 in every State?
Do the liquor store owners check for the "ID" (I watched too many American films) or they don't care as long as it brings money?
Because here, it is 16 for "not strong alcohol" and 18 for "strong" but in reality people don't care about this and it is easy to buy if you are underage.
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Old 04-08-2007, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Northern MN
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Default Its confusing here in MN

Ahhh,,,,in MN there are liquor stores and outfits called "On sale" and "Off sale". It is really ridiculous, in a liquor store, you can buy anything...except on certain holidays, Sundays, or after 10 pm (unless the local government has a different earlier closing time). On sale are extablishments that sell alcohol for consumption on premises...BAR..to make it more complicated, there are two classifications of "on sale" premises. One type of license allows the sale of liquor, beer, wine, etc. What is commonly known as a 3.2 joint is a establishment that can only sell beer with less than 3.2% alcohol by volume and "set ups" (mixes for your cocktails). SO, you can bring your own jug into a 3.2 joint, buy setups, etc. Grocery stores (if licensed) can only sell beer with less than 3.2% alcohol...there is a bill at the capitol that would make it legal to sell wine. Yup MOX, the drinking age in every state is 21, most establishment are pretty dilligent about checking I.D.s, lawsuits run rampant here ...it is the only way a store owner stands a prayer of not getting sued for selling to a minor. I don't know how it is in other states, but in MN, they are supposed to I.D. you if you look under 28yoa, I haven't had to worry about that in a long, long time.
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Old 04-08-2007, 11:33 PM
 
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Maryland is a controlled state. You buy hard liquor from ABC stores. No Sunday sales.

For beer and wine, you must buy from places that are established as delicatessens. Oftentimes they are called "BEER-WINE-DELI" Some 7-11 stores also carry beer.
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Old 04-08-2007, 11:56 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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Here in California, basically anything goes... you can get liquor at the local mini-mart, gas station, supermarket, you name it! But they don't allow sales after 2am, which is why there's a "1:30 rush" at 7-11 every Friday & Saturday night - LOL.

If someone really wants to be in drinking heaven, go to Nevada (Reno or Vegas), where literally anything goes! You can get alcohol in any place, at any time of day or night... wouldn't be surprised if their churches/temples have liquor & slot machines too. Oh, and if you sit in a casino for more than 5 minutes, a free drink will magically appear in front of you.

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Old 04-09-2007, 12:06 AM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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Hello
I am from France and possibly going to the USA next fall.
I was curious about the alcohol, do you have to be 21 in every State?
Do the liquor store owners check for the "ID" (I watched too many American films) or they don't care as long as it brings money?
Because here, it is 16 for "not strong alcohol" and 18 for "strong" but in reality people don't care about this and it is easy to buy if you are underage.
Yes, it's 21 in every state, with the exception of New Orleans, LA... there's some legal loop-hole that allows you to drink at 18, which my brother - a Tulane grad - was pretty happy about. As for checking ID, it really differs from place to place. Some didn't card me when I was 16, and others still check mine at 30!

Not that I'm a "drinker", but I do indulge once in a while...
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Old 04-09-2007, 06:51 AM
 
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Hello
I am from France and possibly going to the USA next fall.
I was curious about the alcohol, do you have to be 21 in every State?
Do the liquor store owners check for the "ID" (I watched too many American films) or they don't care as long as it brings money?
Because here, it is 16 for "not strong alcohol" and 18 for "strong" but in reality people don't care about this and it is easy to buy if you are underage.
Yes, you have to be 21 in every state, and they do take it fairly seriously. With a halfway decent fake ID, you can get into some places - but without a fake ID, you'd be out of luck. I'd be concerned about bringing a fake ID in from a foreign country, particularly France.
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