Virginia state liquor stores
Reason.tv just released a new video spotlighting the frustrating process of buying alcohol in Virginia, where an obnoxious combination of state-owned liquor stores and onerous regulations makes life difficult for entrepreneurs and customers alike.
The problem is illustrated by an interview with John Maher, owner of The Rogue Gentlemen in Richmond, Virginia. Maher is doing something called #DrunkenSocialism, which is a wildly inaccurate name for a clever scheme in which bars invest in really expensive alcohol and then let people sample tiny amounts at a cost. That way, you can taste some billion-year-old scotch without having to plunk down big money for a full bottle.
In Virginia, though, this plan is complicated by state law:
With #DrunkenSocialism, “We can give our guests really, really high-end extensive experience for cheap, ” Maher says. “That’s a win-win for me.” Except, as Reason explains, doing so “is essentially illegal in Virginia thanks to restrictive state liquor laws that screw over bar owners and the average drinking man.” If Mayer doesn’t charge a mark-up on the high-end tastes he sells, Virginia says he’s giving it away for free, and that’s prohibited (I know, I know, the logic is bizarre).
Maher is also limited in what he can offer by the state’s monopoly on liquor sales through its ABC stores, which I know from experience are overpriced and have terrible selection. And, when he is able to get the product he wants, he has to pay retail prices—meaning his customers in turn have to shell out up to $18 for a single cocktail.
Those prices make it difficult for Maher to stay on the right side of yet another ridiculous regulation: at least 45 percent of his gross sales must come from food or the state can take away his liquor license.
Maher, who sports a Bernie Sanders shirt in the video, is boxed in by Virginia’s absurd regulations at every turn. And, as Reason concludes, you know it’s bad when even a Sanders supporter is advocating for privatization and deregulation.
The worst part of all this is that Virginia is hardly the only state with dumb liquor laws. It’s not even the only state with state-owned liquor stores: more than one in three states have ABC stores nationwide.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, as I’ve explained before here at Rare. Blue laws and sin taxes are common ways states unfairly manipulate the marketplace and boost their own revenues, while crony capitalist regulations make it difficult for new brewers, distillers, and vintners to break into the beer, liquor, and wine markets.
Meanwhile, the legal drinking age has given teens unsafe consumption habits, and we’re still suffering the consequences of Prohibition in the cocktail market, which cost us in liquid capital, innovation, and high quality bar-tending tradition.How to find the vertex of a parabola? What is the meaning of gush? How to measure blinds? What does mayonnaise do to your hair? what is pr helper norton antivirus What does joto mean in spanish? What time does food 4 less close? What is the meaning of marijana? What does b complex do? What is the meaning of be right back? What is the industrial revolution? What time does rue 21 close? What herbs work well in beef tips? How to lower insulin? How to change payment method on spotify? How to do cool spy tricks? What year was spiked bleached tips hair in? What does the different icing tips do? What are depressants? What is agriculture? What does nada mean? What does usps available for pickup mean? What does courier mean? What does it mean when you wake up sweating? What is the meaning of a mandala? What are the four horsemen of the apocalypse? How to clean records? What are pivot tables? How to see what motherboard i have? How to deal with panic attacks? What chemicals are produced in the tips of roots? What are minerals in food? What is the meaning of creatures? How to melt chocolate chips on stove? what is a flush helper In accounting, what is the meaning of capitalized? how to select helper squads brave frontier What tips will interchange with lotos plasma cutter? What is the meaning of straight angle? How do i turn off tips in loading screes fortnite? What number decorating tips do you use to write with? How to drink soju? Typography manual: 10 tips on how to make your layouts better? What are statin drugs? What are tomatoes good for? How to get ged? a helper who looks after someone where do i go in windows 7 to reset ip helper How to mine bitcoin at home? How to put precision tips on e6000? How to make a lantern in minecraft? How to find deleted photos on iphone? How to turn off amber alerts iphone? How to write a void check? What is the meaning of diabetes? How to make a signature in outlook? What does sent as a text message mean? How to get rid of neck lines? Tips for cpap users when you have a cold? What is the meaning of proportion in math? What does burnout mean? What does decision mean? How to do tips with dip powder? What is the meaning of cotton eye joe song? how much does it cost to have a helper in the house to take care of elderly What does an eye for an eye mean? How to measure dick? What does pat stand for in football? How to delete group on facebook? What does rip stand for? how long past experation date cant you safely cook and eat hamburger helper How to cure canker sore? What does something in the orange mean? Tips on how to developcost assessments? How to harvest asparagus? What does 3 mean? How to take iron pills correctly? How to not pay tips on carnival cruise? How to make tilapia? how to install wii u usb helper after shutdown What does describe mean? How to do bmx tricks for beginners street? What is a cowlick? What are signs you are pregnant? How to read crochet patterns? how to cook tuna helper in the microwave How long does zoloft take to work? How to buy silver? What does disparate mean? What does ema mean? how to take off crafting helper in minecraft What is the meaning of biology in science? What is an anklet meaning? What are some other good tips about doing a preschool bulletin board? How to remove tips from airpods pro? What smh mean? How to do tricks with a solved rubik's cube? What does diastolic blood pressure mean? How to break up with your boyfriend?