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2013-02-21 11:13:45 AM
The repealing of blue laws is always amusing to me.
 
2013-02-21 11:14:03 AM
Syria 1, Utah 0
 
2013-02-21 11:17:32 AM

Sleeping Monkey: Syria 1, Utah 0


You know how I know you didn't read the article?
 
2013-02-21 11:37:20 AM
Kiima actually got the license on Thursday, but she had to a) buy beer and wine and b) write a beer and wine menu.

tromoticons.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-02-21 12:09:35 PM
How about wine and/or beer enemas? Are those ok now too?

/ Slippery slopes people...
 
2013-02-21 12:11:49 PM

blatz514: Kiima actually got the license on Thursday, but she had to a) buy beer and wine and b) write a beer and wine menu.


Hey, gotta take this slow... You wouldn't want them to throw up and pass out by Friday morning, would you?
 
2013-02-21 12:37:26 PM
Civilization begins with distillation.

-Faulkner
 
2013-02-21 12:48:23 PM
Nicely played, Subby. Nicely played.
 
2013-02-21 12:55:26 PM

ITGreen: Civilization begins with distillation.

-Faulkner


Actually it begins with Leonard Nimoy paying homage to young earth creationism...
 
2013-02-21 01:20:43 PM

Damascus defeats religious fundamentalists


Behold their steely nerves.
 
2013-02-21 01:21:03 PM
So.. Is it too soon to lobby for a medical marijuana dispensary?
 
2013-02-21 01:21:58 PM
Soon as I saw this was in the post I knew what they were talking about.  About time.
 
2013-02-21 01:23:10 PM
i1182.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-21 01:26:49 PM
Blinded by / seen the lite beer, road to Damascus . . . make your own joke.
 
2013-02-21 01:31:08 PM

ITGreen: Civilization begins with distillation.

-Faulkner


Not really - brewing first, then distillation.  Beer (and wine) were made way before the process of distillation was widespread (or even invented).

And yes, congratulations Damascus - you finally joined the rest of Maryland!  Just no one tell them how f'ed up the rest of Maryland is...
 
2013-02-21 01:32:36 PM
Took long enough

/welcome to the club, mind the passed out guys on the floor
 
2013-02-21 01:33:02 PM
My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw Damascus lift the ban on alcohol last night. I guess it must be Syria's.
 
2013-02-21 01:34:49 PM

Walker: Sleeping Monkey: Syria 1, Utah 0

You know how I know you didn't read the article?


You know how I know YOU didn't read the article?

Full article text below

"
In Damascus, the booze flowsBy Michael S. RosenwaldThe Damascus booze ban is over.
How long had the ban been in place? A long time. As in Darwin long, my colleague Steve Hendrix  "Charles Darwin was still alive the last time a legal beer was sold in Damascus."
Things evolve, as Darwin liked to say, and so have the historically Methodist town's ways, at least according to residents who voted to lift the ban in a November referendum.
New York J&P Pizza was the first establishment to win an alcohol license. The restaurant, celebrating its 20th year in Damascus, began selling beer and wine on Saturday night.
"Nobody has gotten drunk," said owner Tina Kiima. "There were no protests."
Just happy drinkers.
"We pretty much have regular customers," Kiima said. "They were all waiting for it."
Kiima actually got the license on Thursday, but she had to a) buy beer and wine and b) write a beer and wine menu.
Saturday was mostly a wine night, she said. Sunday was wine and beer. Kiima said the restaurant did about $200 in alcohol sales for the weekend.
"It's just the beginning," she said."

Nowhere does it actually say which Damascus they are talking about.  It can be inferred from the guys column title (Rosenwald, MD) and that he is writing for a local section.  But it is not overt.

I think you owe Sleeping Monkey an apology.
 
2013-02-21 01:35:23 PM

Walker: Sleeping Monkey: Syria 1, Utah 0

You know how I know you didn't read the article?


I don't blame him, the subby employed a good bit of trickery in that headline.
 
2013-02-21 01:36:13 PM
I will have a beer for Damascus tonight. I shall follow it up with a few for myself.
 
2013-02-21 01:38:13 PM

Endive Wombat: The repealing of blue laws is always amusing to me.


I always wonder how the aclu doesn't get these all overturned in a walk.
 
2013-02-21 01:38:39 PM

Walker: Sleeping Monkey: Syria 1, Utah 0

You know how I know you didn't read the article?


Because you are on Fark?
 
2013-02-21 01:43:20 PM
after watching 'moonshiners' now I wanna run an illegal still and make liquor.
 
2013-02-21 01:44:10 PM
At first I was rather surprised that with the ongoing civil war, anyone had much time for this sort of thing.

Then I read the article.  Was still confused.  Then I looked up Damascus on Wikipedia and discovered the one in VA.

Who knew?!
 
2013-02-21 01:48:38 PM
durbnpoisn: "Who knew?! "

The damasculated?
 
2013-02-21 01:48:41 PM

DarkSoulNoHope: Walker: Sleeping Monkey: Syria 1, Utah 0

You know how I know you didn't read the article?

I don't blame him, the subby employed a good bit of trickery in that headline.


Nicely done, really.

///my first thought was that it was a weird response to a civil war
//then got suspicious when the article described Damascus as a "Methodist town"
 
2013-02-21 01:49:22 PM
So long as they don't f with the Jimmy Cone and close it, letting beer be sold in Damascus is just gravy.

/ex Montgomery County representin' yo
 
2013-02-21 01:55:58 PM

durbnpoisn: At first I was rather surprised that with the ongoing civil war, anyone had much time for this sort of thing.

Then I read the article.  Was still confused.  Then I looked up Damascus on Wikipedia and discovered the one in VA.

Who knew?!


Never mind the fact that the Demascus he's writing about is in Mur-lund.
 
2013-02-21 01:56:12 PM
blue laws are silly.

/VA resident
//We can only buy liquor at state run ABC stores
///Beer & wine wherever
 
2013-02-21 01:57:43 PM
no [Dumbass] tag?
 
2013-02-21 01:57:56 PM

Raoul Eaton: DarkSoulNoHope: Walker: Sleeping Monkey: Syria 1, Utah 0

You know how I know you didn't read the article?

I don't blame him, the subby employed a good bit of trickery in that headline.

Nicely done, really.

///my first thought was that it was a weird response to a civil war
//then got suspicious when the article described Damascus as a "Methodist town"


That made me suspicious too.  I know they have Christians there.  They are all caught up in that crazy war.  But it had me scratching my head thinking that they were Methodist, and actually had a vote in the town at all.
 
2013-02-21 01:58:52 PM
I used to live one town over from Damascus - all the locals used to come up to Mt. Airy for beer.

Never made sense to me - I don't know how people survived in Damascus without readily available beer on hand.
 
2013-02-21 02:02:14 PM
I livee in a round house on fossen street in damascus md til I was in the fifth grade. I am now 45 yo. it was a dry town when I lived there.
 
2013-02-21 02:02:59 PM

Weaver95: after watching 'moonshiners' now I wanna run an illegal still and make liquor.


I have a friend who has a small business making candy. Ive talked to her about buying sugar for me since no one would question a candy maker buying 100s of lbs of sugar. First thing I learned from watching Moonshiners was; always cover your ass. The best thing I learned was it was just easier to drive to Asheville, NC to see my cousin and get a gallon or two of shine from his neighbor.
 
2013-02-21 02:06:46 PM

Carn: blue laws are silly.

/VA resident
//We can only buy liquor at state run ABC stores
///Beer & wine wherever


And you can only buy beer and wine until 12am, but can drink at a restaurant until 2am then drive home!
 
2013-02-21 02:10:09 PM

Weaver95: after watching 'moonshiners' now I wanna run an illegal still and make liquor.


It sounded like a lot of work.  It's made me want to try it though.  I've had some of the commercial legal stuff, but that's real corn/barley/rye.  Not sure I want to try straight sugarjack though.
 
2013-02-21 02:16:02 PM

Catsaregreen: durbnpoisn: At first I was rather surprised that with the ongoing civil war, anyone had much time for this sort of thing.

Then I read the article.  Was still confused.  Then I looked up Damascus on Wikipedia and discovered the one in VA.

Who knew?!

Never mind the fact that the Demascus he's writing about is in Mur-lund.


I was going to reply "they repealed blue laws in Damascus, VA and Damascus, MD on the same day?!", but as was pointed out the article didn't give a state and I gave durbnpoisn credit for looking it up.

CSB: When I was young, our family would go to visit my great-grandmother in her nursing home once every few months, and our drive over took us through Damascus.  My father hated the highways so he always took the backroads to get there.  The hilly, windy backroads.  Every time we went, I would get car sick and would have to have the car stopped on the side of the road in Damascus.  That's pretty much all I know about Damascus these days: it had ridiculous blue laws for longer than anyone else, and it made me vomit every time I passed through.  These two statements may or may not be related.
 
2013-02-21 02:21:16 PM

Fano: Endive Wombat: The repealing of blue laws is always amusing to me.

I always wonder how the aclu doesn't get these all overturned in a walk.


I am sure at some point they will start fighting some, the problem is that many of the residents where some of the silly blue laws are like said laws.  I cannot remember what state/county has it, but I know there is a blue law on the books that bans the sale of various cleaning products because it is illegal on Sunday's to sell items for work.
 
2013-02-21 02:21:52 PM
Damascus is the closest town to my house. Seeing as how there are beer, wine, and liquor stores all around Damascus (just not within the 'city limits') including the ones less than 10 minutes from my front door with excellent bourbon and scotch selections, the only think that the ban had been doing for the past 30 or so years was preventing good restaurants from going in, and forcing Damascusites to go 5 miles further to get a bottle.

Thank god that's all over and done with. If it weren't for the goddamned "drys" in the area, we'd still have a distillery just a hop, skip, and jump from my house.
 
2013-02-21 02:23:08 PM

Endive Wombat: Carn: blue laws are silly.

/VA resident
//We can only buy liquor at state run ABC stores
///Beer & wine wherever

And you can only buy beer and wine until 12am, but can drink at a restaurant until 2am then drive home!


That too.  You see, buying beer then getting drunk at home is horribly irresponsible, while the latter is exactly what we want!
 
2013-02-21 02:26:33 PM

tallen702: Damascus is the closest town to my house. Seeing as how there are beer, wine, and liquor stores all around Damascus (just not within the 'city limits') including the ones less than 10 minutes from my front door with excellent bourbon and scotch selections, the only think that the ban had been doing for the past 30 or so years was preventing good restaurants from going in, and forcing Damascusites to go 5 miles further to get a bottle.

Thank god that's all over and done with. If it weren't for the goddamned "drys" in the area, we'd still have a distillery just a hop, skip, and jump from my house.


That's the major thing I find funny about dry cities/counties.  You are hard pressed to find any "good food"...Do they really think that someone/a corporation is going to happily drop a couple million into building out a nice dining establishment and not be able to sell the one thing that guarantees high profit margins.  Hell, most restaurants could not survive without the bills being even somewhat subsidized by alcohol sales.
 
2013-02-21 02:27:27 PM

Carn: Endive Wombat: Carn: blue laws are silly.

/VA resident
//We can only buy liquor at state run ABC stores
///Beer & wine wherever

And you can only buy beer and wine until 12am, but can drink at a restaurant until 2am then drive home!

That too.  You see, buying beer then getting drunk at home is horribly irresponsible, while the latter is exactly what we want!


Gotta justify all that fancy dui training, check points and expensive breathalyzers some how!
 
2013-02-21 02:37:35 PM

Endive Wombat: Carn: Endive Wombat: Carn: blue laws are silly.

/VA resident
//We can only buy liquor at state run ABC stores
///Beer & wine wherever

And you can only buy beer and wine until 12am, but can drink at a restaurant until 2am then drive home!

That too.  You see, buying beer then getting drunk at home is horribly irresponsible, while the latter is exactly what we want!

Gotta justify all that fancy dui training, check points and expensive breathalyzers some how!


Definitely not a good area to drive drunk.  Had a friend get a dui on the GW parkway and it did not go well for him.
 
2013-02-21 03:04:10 PM
And yet the shiatty town I live in is still dry even though Somerset,Corbin and Manchester are wet. What is the farking use of being a moist town,alcohol can only be sold in restaurants that serve at least 100 people & make 75% of sales from food,when every town surrounding it is wet?
/Corbin has good prices on terrible vodak though.
//Considering going to Weaver's and doing shots though while eating one of their fantastic sandwiches but I'm scared of crossing the road drunk.
 
2013-02-21 03:15:11 PM

Tricky Chicken: I think you owe Sleeping Monkey an apology.


Apologize? On Fark?

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2013-02-21 03:41:23 PM

Endive Wombat: tallen702: Damascus is the closest town to my house. Seeing as how there are beer, wine, and liquor stores all around Damascus (just not within the 'city limits') including the ones less than 10 minutes from my front door with excellent bourbon and scotch selections, the only think that the ban had been doing for the past 30 or so years was preventing good restaurants from going in, and forcing Damascusites to go 5 miles further to get a bottle.

Thank god that's all over and done with. If it weren't for the goddamned "drys" in the area, we'd still have a distillery just a hop, skip, and jump from my house.

That's the major thing I find funny about dry cities/counties.  You are hard pressed to find any "good food"...Do they really think that someone/a corporation is going to happily drop a couple million into building out a nice dining establishment and not be able to sell the one thing that guarantees high profit margins.  Hell, most restaurants could not survive without the bills being even somewhat subsidized by alcohol sales.


Oh, 100%! In fact, most restaurants depend on alcohol sales to the point that many jurisdictions don't count beer and wine as "alcohol" so that restaurants don't violate ordinances which would revoke their licenses if more than 49% of the revenue was from alcohol. Most places strive for a food cost of under 40% these days (used to be 30% when I was in school) whereas beverage costs with beer, wine, and liquor is regularly under 18%.
 
2013-02-21 04:00:43 PM

syberpud: Beer (and wine) were made way before the process of distillation was widespread (or even invented).


That's because fermenting is letting something rot.

Distilling is creating something magical.
 
2013-02-21 04:08:33 PM

Molavian: That's because fermenting is letting something rot.


I got this great idea of making wine out of grape juice and activated yeast once. My closet smelled god awful and it didn't even give me a buzz,yes I did follow a guide and did exactly what it said. :(
 
2013-02-21 05:13:17 PM

Carn: blue laws are silly.

/VA resident
//We can only buy liquor at state run ABC stores
///Beer & wine wherever


Same in Montgomery County Maryland (home to Damascus). Beer and wine can be sold by private stores, but for real liquor, it's got to be a county-owned store. There's also some deal where businesses have to buy booze from the county, not direct.

Socialism! For reals.


/whiskey prices not bad, tho
//plus MoCo is next to DC
///road trip!
 
2013-02-21 09:16:24 PM

Fano: Endive Wombat: The repealing of blue laws is always amusing to me.

I always wonder how the aclu doesn't get these all overturned in a walk.


On what grounds?

If Sunday alcohol sales should be legal, maybe hours for selling alcohol should be illegal too.

But laws restricting when alcohol can be sold are not an establishment of religion.
 
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