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Re: Newsday: Booze
« Reply #135 on: March 07, 2015, 09:07:25 AM »
Who knew this was going on?

http://www.baltimoremagazine.net/2015/3/6/flying-dog-wins-six-year-raging-bitch-case

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Flying Dog Wins Six-Year Raging Bitch Case
The United States Court of Appeals ruled that a liquor commissioner was violating the brewery's freedom of speech.

Frederick-based Flying Dog Brewery is known for its unconventional beer names and crazy label art, drawn by Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas illustrator Ralph Steadman. Probably the most provocative out there is its Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA.

Well, back in 2009, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission prohibited the beer from being sold in its state, deeming the Raging Bitch label "detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of the general public."

After a six-year long process of appeals, denials, and lawsuits, the United States Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that the commission can be held accountable for violating Flying Dog Brewery's First Amendment rights.

"This ruling is invigorating," says Flying Dog CEO Jim Caruso. "It's taken a few years, but now appointed bureaucrats are accountable for imposing their personal agendas and prejudices on the public, and for committing the crime of violating Flying Dog's right to freedom of speech. This is refreshing, and I hope this Federal Court ruling benefits breweries, wineries and distilleries in other states, as well."

The ruling will allow Flying Dog to recover damages from the loss of sales during the ban, which Caruso plans to use to establish a Freedom of Speech Society in Frederick.

We think Hunter S. Thompson would be proud.

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Re: Newsday: Booze
« Reply #136 on: March 08, 2015, 01:21:14 PM »
I knew about it! I even went to a Raging Bitch dinner at the Dish to support the cause.

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Re: Newsday: Booze
« Reply #137 on: March 11, 2015, 10:51:53 AM »
RC and I have been commenting for a while at how our alcohol consumption has gone down... Now science steps in!

http://io9.com/booze-consumption-changes-pretty-dramatically-over-a-pe-1690661900

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in men especially, total alcohol consumption decreases with age, but frequency of consumption actually increases, as our drinking habits become less of a weekend-binge thing and more of a glass-of-wine-at-dinner thing.

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Re: Newsday: Booze
« Reply #138 on: March 11, 2015, 11:44:36 AM »
Tell that to bottle of Scotch I'm nursing while drawing storyboards.

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Re: Newsday: Booze
« Reply #139 on: March 11, 2015, 12:11:00 PM »
Tell that to bottle of Scotch I'm nursing while drawing storyboards.

That's depression-related, not age-related.

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Re: Newsday: Booze
« Reply #140 on: March 11, 2015, 12:18:17 PM »
Tell that to bottle of Scotch I'm nursing while drawing storyboards.

That's depression-related, not age-related.

That made me snarf my coffee.

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Re: Newsday: Booze
« Reply #141 on: March 18, 2015, 03:04:05 PM »
Geez... it's increasing for me. At least 40 pints of Guinness, and a handful of bottles of red this last week or so, plus shots of liquor.
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Re: Newsday: Booze
« Reply #142 on: March 18, 2015, 04:13:04 PM »
You're still young. The dark days are all ahead of you!

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Re: Newsday: Booze
« Reply #143 on: March 26, 2015, 02:19:43 PM »
I'm just glad I no longer keep bottles of peat-cask scotch in my apartment.
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Re: Newsday: Booze
« Reply #144 on: June 13, 2015, 02:40:17 PM »
The battle rages on in MoCo!

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The Montgomery County Council committee examining ways to reform the county’s Department of Liquor Control (DLC) focused in on one option Friday—privatizing special orders.

Special orders are types of craft beer, small production wines and non-mainstream liquors that are not regularly carried in the department’s stock inventory. Unlike the stock items that are typically ordered from producers—such as Miller, Budweiser and Smirnoff Vodka—special order items are ordered from wholesalers.

The extra layer in distributing special orders has led to a number of problems involving private-owned beer and wine stores as well as restaurants, which  have complained about prices and that they can’t get the items they want, when they want them.

By taking special orders out of the hands of the DLC and opening the business to the many private alcohol distributors that operate in the state, the council committee hopes these problems will be resolved.

However...

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Also, the move wouldn’t result in a significant decline in the department’s approximately $30 million in profits as special orders only generate an estimated $5 million to $7 million of the department’s profits.

Ummmm... That's a significant decline, idiots...

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Re: Newsday: Booze
« Reply #145 on: June 15, 2015, 04:01:09 PM »
What's 20-25% among friends??

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Re: Newsday: Booze
« Reply #146 on: June 29, 2015, 11:31:26 AM »
Here we go!

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County Council to introduce Department of Liquor Control reform resolution

The Montgomery County Council is scheduled to introduce legislation Tuesday to reform the Department of Liquor Control’s “special order products” process, which primarily involves the purchase and delivery of craft beer and limited production wines. The resolution asks that the state pass legislation allowing the county to privatize the sale of specific beer and wines so private alcohol distributors can market and sell the products in the county. An ad hoc liquor committee examined issues surrounding special order products as part of a broader examination of distribution and delivery problems at the DLC. The county plans to charge the private distributors a fee to distribute the alcohol to offset revenue lost through the privatization plan, according to the resolution.

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Re: Newsday: Booze
« Reply #147 on: June 29, 2015, 11:34:35 AM »
Maryland strikes me as being vaguely fascist in all aspects of governance, not just booze.

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Re: Newsday: Booze
« Reply #148 on: June 29, 2015, 01:37:11 PM »
Maryland strikes me as being vaguely fascist in all aspects of governance, not just booze.

Fascism: Centralized, authoritarian, nationalistic, and right-wing.

Maryland is semi-socialist -- From each according to his ability, to each according to his contribution.

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Re: Newsday: Booze
« Reply #149 on: June 29, 2015, 05:51:51 PM »
You're not arguing that Maryland is some socialist Utopia, are you? If you mean Orwellian socialist, I might give it to you.

They have more prohibitory laws on the books than any other state in the union, including all their stupid booze laws.