As I pen this short narrative, I can only describe my feelings in one super millennial word, “Shook.”
Yesterday as I was browsing my google alerts for “Margarita” I found that the Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board, or the ABC, had banned pitchers throughout the state. The legislation stated:
“It shall be unlawful… for any person to fortify, adulterate, contaminate, or in any manner change the character or purity of alcoholic beverages from that as originally marketed by the manufacturer, except that a retail licensee on order from a customer may mix a chaser or other ingredients necessary to prepare a cocktail or mixed drink for on-premises consumption.”
Punishment for violations ranged from fines to even months of jail time… just for serving pitchers of delicious boozy margaritas.
ABC officials defended this unjust pitcher ban claiming due to the density of the alcohol, it settles over time causing unequal distribution of alcohol. However what they didn’t consider were my abilities to consume whole pitchers of margaritas at a time, time wasted ordering multiple drinks, and my finances because a pitcher is indeed less expensive than ordering a few margs.
Luckily yesterday, the unjust and rightfully unpopular anti-pitcher was called off. With Alabama being Jimmy Buffet’s home state, the story quickly got wheels and the state’s ABC received an overwhelming amount of negative press ultimately ending the pitcher prohibition. Now restaurants are free to serve pitchers of margs at will, frozen and on the rocks. And I hope everyone in that state orders a few and lives their own version of the #MargLife this weekend.
It’s amazing how quickly unwarranted laws can be put to rest with the right amount of focus. *Cough* Legalize weed *Cough*.
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