No Luck of the Irish
Sounds like Ireland needs a bailout worse than Greece: “Against the backdrop of deep recession and unemployment, Ireland’s per capital alcohol consumption fell by 9.6 percent in 2009 and is now 21 percent below an all-time peak in 2001 when Ireland’s economy was booming. . . . Pubs have been closing at the rate of around one a day . . . and 15,000 jobs had been lost across the sector over the last 18 months.”
But Better in Dublin than Philly
Huh, I thought only Michigan had archaic and anti-business liquor laws. It sounds like Pennsylvania might be even worse:
Under Pennsylvania liquor law, manufacturers of malt or brewed beverages must pay a $75 annual fee to register each brand. About 2,800 beers are now registered in the state; manufacturers submit applications to the liquor board, showing the agreement they have with the wholesaler.
In the recent raids, a tipster contacted the state, said Sgt. William La Torre, commanding officer of the Philadelphia office of the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, which enforces the liquor laws. Statewide, police say there are typically fewer than 10 complaints a year about unregistered beer.
Maida and her husband, Brendan Hartranft, don’t know who filed the complaint. They believe the problem largely results from archaic liquor laws and misunderstandings about formidable beer names that often get abbreviated.
The liquor code, they say, is no match for beers with names like Dogfish Head Raison d’etre and a dark ale called ‘t smisje BBBorgoundier. The rigid code also isn’t able to account for when they abbreviate Allagash White Beer to “Allagash Wit” on their menus.
At one bar, Maida had a beer listed as “de dolle Oebier gran reserva;” the beer itself was “de dolle oerbier,” but the police had it spelled as “de rolle oebier,” she said.
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