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(93.3 The Eagle)   Tennessee bars warned to stop infusing alcohol with fruit and herbs....because um, it's been a law for seven years and we haven't enforced it. But we are now. So stop it, ya' hooligans   (933theeagle.com) divider line 96
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2013-06-24 02:15:47 PM
When sangria is outlawed only outlaws will have sangria.
 
2013-06-24 02:15:48 PM
Tennessee has got to have some of the most useless laws on alcohol. Did they not get the memo that Prohibition failed?
 
2013-06-24 02:16:52 PM
Why?
 
2013-06-24 02:16:58 PM
BREAKING NEWS:

"
The Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission announced Monday afternoon that it will suspend prohibition of infused alcohol indefinitely.

Keith Bell, TABC director, said in a statement that the decision was made in order to "formulate workable guidelines and definitions so as to gauge the growing and changing taste and desires of the consuming public."

This announcement comes after TABC said it would begin issuing penalties to establishments serving infused alcoholic drinks. Bell originally cited health concerns over the prohibition decision, which drew its basis from a 2006 law.

"Although the process of manufacturing infused alcoholic beverages, not for the consumer's immediate consumption ... remain violations of the Tennessee Code and TABC Rules," Bell said, "The TABC nevertheless determined it to be in the public interest that the regulatory enforcement of this prohibition be indefinitely suspended."

 Fron the Tennessean
 
2013-06-24 02:17:02 PM
Bell has been TABC director since 2011?

Fine.  You enforce it, but I want you reprimanded for not doing your job for 2 years.  I expect that to go in your personnel file.
 
2013-06-24 02:18:46 PM

mysticcat: BREAKING NEWS:


Well done.  Thanks for sharing that!

I guess all that's left is to read comments from assholes about our state now.
 
2013-06-24 02:19:15 PM

leonel: Why?


I had that same question, and it was gnawing at me for seconds.  Thank gawd someone linked an article to the headline.
Salvation!!!!1!1!
 
2013-06-24 02:19:19 PM
So their concern is that the ... fruit will go bad? Is that what I'm reading? Is that even possible? Wouldn't the alcohol just kill off everything that could cause it spoil?
 
2013-06-24 02:19:40 PM
So, no gin in Tennessee?
 
2013-06-24 02:23:16 PM
If you can't drink it straight get out of the state.
 
2013-06-24 02:23:41 PM
that's just plain stupid. Pineapple steeped in vodka is most delicious.
 
2013-06-24 02:23:44 PM

dj_spanmaster: Tennessee has got to have some of the most useless laws on alcohol. Did they not get the memo that Prohibition failed?


It's like that almost anywhere in the U.S. - just nuts. We had a major storm rolling in here last February, had friends coming in for a long weekend, so I stocked up at the liquor store (in my state you can only buy from special state run stores.) I had one shopping basket full of liquor - not a cart, but a basket - and they made me fill out a special permit with all kinds of personal questions and stuff on it. I felt like a total raging lush. The guys in the store were sympathetic, rolled their eyes, tried to crack some jokes, but man, it was a little uncomfortable.
 
2013-06-24 02:24:27 PM
What are you in for?

Infusing alcohol with fruits or herbs.

You should probably just bend over now.
 
2013-06-24 02:25:54 PM
but this heroin is HEALTHY!  it's made with BROCOLLI
 
2013-06-24 02:27:04 PM

dj_spanmaster: Tennessee has got to have some of the most useless laws on alcohol. Did they not get the memo that Prohibition failed?


Utah would like a word with you. IIRC, Utah actually bans underage restaurant workers from busing tables that have been served alcohol even if all the alcohol was consumed
 
2013-06-24 02:27:14 PM

dj_spanmaster: Tennessee has got to have some of the most useless laws on alcohol. Did they not get the memo that Prohibition failed?


I think open containers in cars is legal, as long as you aren't driving, which is nice.  And you can rock booze on the street downtown in Memphis.
 
2013-06-24 02:27:26 PM

WhoopAssWayne: dj_spanmaster: Tennessee has got to have some of the most useless laws on alcohol. Did they not get the memo that Prohibition failed?

It's like that almost anywhere in the U.S. - just nuts. We had a major storm rolling in here last February, had friends coming in for a long weekend, so I stocked up at the liquor store (in my state you can only buy from special state run stores.) I had one shopping basket full of liquor - not a cart, but a basket - and they made me fill out a special permit with all kinds of personal questions and stuff on it. I felt like a total raging lush. The guys in the store were sympathetic, rolled their eyes, tried to crack some jokes, but man, it was a little uncomfortable.


yikes.  glad to leave in the greatest state in the union...  i'll take my drinks to go, drive through for my daiquiris, and buy booze 24/7 at a convenience store
 
2013-06-24 02:28:11 PM
It looks like Tennessee has a lot of WTF alcohol laws. A quarter of the state's counties are still completely dry.

/"just hook it up to my veins!!"
 
2013-06-24 02:28:26 PM

Wrath of Heaven: What are you in for?

Infusing alcohol with fruits or herbs.

You should probably just bend over now.


But what if you infused fruits and herbs with alcohol?? That's like child molesting right?
 
2013-06-24 02:28:38 PM

kwame: mysticcat: BREAKING NEWS:

Well done.  Thanks for sharing that!

I guess all that's left is to read comments from assholes about our state now.


hey at least we're not Florida, Mississippi, or Louisiana so there's that
 
2013-06-24 02:28:40 PM

WhoopAssWayne: dj_spanmaster: Tennessee has got to have some of the most useless laws on alcohol. Did they not get the memo that Prohibition failed?

It's like that almost anywhere in the U.S. - just nuts. We had a major storm rolling in here last February, had friends coming in for a long weekend, so I stocked up at the liquor store (in my state you can only buy from special state run stores.) I had one shopping basket full of liquor - not a cart, but a basket - and they made me fill out a special permit with all kinds of personal questions and stuff on it. I felt like a total raging lush. The guys in the store were sympathetic, rolled their eyes, tried to crack some jokes, but man, it was a little uncomfortable.


Everytime I have purchased liquor in any amount for a party in NC, I've had to fill out one of those stupid forms...

//I never got carded when I was buying beer or liquor when I was younger.
//Now I feel like big brother is watching me hard.. :)
 
2013-06-24 02:28:46 PM
The Muslims are trying to institute Sangria law!!
 
2013-06-24 02:29:41 PM

CruJones: dj_spanmaster: Tennessee has got to have some of the most useless laws on alcohol. Did they not get the memo that Prohibition failed?

I think open containers in cars is legal, as long as you aren't driving, which is nice.  And you can rock booze on the street downtown in Memphis.


yeah, I don't know what state you're from but in Tennessee open containers will get you sent to jail
 
2013-06-24 02:30:37 PM
Take a gallon jar, fill it with cherries, bits of pineapple, whatever blows your skirt up. Fill with Everclear and steep for several weeks. Now THAT'S some candied fruit.
 
2013-06-24 02:31:02 PM

mjones71822: Wrath of Heaven: What are you in for?

Infusing alcohol with fruits or herbs.

You should probably just bend over now.

But what if you infused fruits and herbs with alcohol?? That's like child molesting right?


not in the slightest.  it's just like an open container of vodka.
 
2013-06-24 02:31:05 PM
So basically they banned mixed drinks?
 
2013-06-24 02:31:28 PM

BlackMtnMan: Take a gallon jar, fill it with cherries, bits of pineapple, whatever blows your skirt up. Fill with Everclear moonshine (not the crap they peddle to the tourists, the real stuff) and steep for several weeks. Now THAT'S some candied fruit.

 
2013-06-24 02:31:31 PM
I took this from the article...

"cocktails made by ... blending with other flavors is prohibited"

Isn't that sort of what defines a cocktail?
 
2013-06-24 02:31:38 PM

NutWrench: It looks like Tennessee has a lot of WTF alcohol laws. A quarter of the state's counties are still completely dry.

/"just hook it up to my veins!!"


Moore County where they make Jack Daniel's is a dry county. TN is full of WTF-edness
 
2013-06-24 02:33:57 PM
Ah Tennessee... Still remember waiting in the line of 5-10 people waiting for the clock to strike twelve on Sunday so we could buy our beer... surprised to see they've added even more stupid laws on alcohol since I left.
 
2013-06-24 02:34:05 PM
The good news: I can still order a shot of whiskey.
The better news: men who order apple-tinis are breaking the law, as it should be.
 
2013-06-24 02:36:24 PM
If only there was a liquid substance with well known antiseptic qualities in which to infuse our fruits and herbs.  If only.
 
2013-06-24 02:36:24 PM
B-b-b-b-b-b-b-b-but what about this??!??!!?

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2013-06-24 02:36:40 PM
Shouldn't that be, "All y'all hooligans"?
 
2013-06-24 02:37:10 PM

Great Janitor: The good news: I can still order a shot of whiskey.
The better news: men who order apple-tinis are breaking the law, as it should be.


duh i'll have a Redd's Apple Ale

t0.gstatic.com
 
2013-06-24 02:37:41 PM
....an P.S.
Stop loving each other too.

sincerely,
Tennessee
 
2013-06-24 02:37:48 PM

ModernPrimitive01: Fill with Everclear moonshine (not the crap they peddle to the tourists, the real stuff)


Hell.
Yes.

Little Nikke: Ah Tennessee... Still remember waiting in the line of 5-10 people waiting for the clock to strike twelve on Sunday so we could buy our beer... surprised to see they've added even more stupid laws on alcohol since I left.


Now that's the dumbest law I know of.  Nothing worse than waking up on Sunday and realizing you're out of beer and having to miss the kickoff of the first NFL game of the day.
 
2013-06-24 02:38:38 PM

ModernPrimitive01: CruJones: dj_spanmaster: Tennessee has got to have some of the most useless laws on alcohol. Did they not get the memo that Prohibition failed?

I think open containers in cars is legal, as long as you aren't driving, which is nice.  And you can rock booze on the street downtown in Memphis.

yeah, I don't know what state you're from but in Tennessee open containers will get you sent to jail


I believe it's County by county. I have family south of Nashville and have done research on it to make sure. Open containers are OK in non dry counties that I've driven thru if your not the driver.

I also like that jack Daniels is made in a liquor dry County, except for the distillery that has special permission to sell bottles from its gift shop.
 
2013-06-24 02:39:48 PM

Pangea: I took this from the article...

"cocktails made by ... blending with other flavors is prohibited"

Isn't that sort of what defines a cocktail?


I suspect that the law was put in to place to combat the homemade infused vodkas, limoncello, bitters, etc... Sangria would fall under the category since it need to steep for a few hours before serving (if you're doing it right). Things like mojitos or a manhattan are made to order (no steeping time) and would be exempt. Still ridiculous, but slightly less ridiculous?

/friend made some kick-ass limoncello recently
 
2013-06-24 02:40:54 PM

kwame: ModernPrimitive01: Fill with Everclear moonshine (not the crap they peddle to the tourists, the real stuff)

Hell.
Yes.

Little Nikke: Ah Tennessee... Still remember waiting in the line of 5-10 people waiting for the clock to strike twelve on Sunday so we could buy our beer... surprised to see they've added even more stupid laws on alcohol since I left.

Now that's the dumbest law I know of.  Nothing worse than waking up on Sunday and realizing you're out of beer and having to miss the kickoff of the first NFL game of the day.


NY just got rid of its Sunday crazy hours for beer about five years ago. Wine and liquor are reduced hours now, but better than no wine / liquor at all on sundays.
 
2013-06-24 02:41:00 PM

WhoopAssWayne: dj_spanmaster: Tennessee has got to have some of the most useless laws on alcohol. Did they not get the memo that Prohibition failed?

It's like that almost anywhere in the U.S. - just nuts. We had a major storm rolling in here last February, had friends coming in for a long weekend, so I stocked up at the liquor store (in my state you can only buy from special state run stores.) I had one shopping basket full of liquor - not a cart, but a basket - and they made me fill out a special permit with all kinds of personal questions and stuff on it. I felt like a total raging lush. The guys in the store were sympathetic, rolled their eyes, tried to crack some jokes, but man, it was a little uncomfortable.


In Oregon you can only buy from state-licensed liquor stores, but they don't make you fill out long forms if you buy in quantity.

Now I live in California and not only can you buy liquor at the grocery store, but they have this chain called BevMo.  It's like a Costco of booze.  Blew my poor Oregonian mind.  I think I like it here.
 
2013-06-24 02:41:44 PM

CruJones: dj_spanmaster: Tennessee has got to have some of the most useless laws on alcohol. Did they not get the memo that Prohibition failed?

I think open containers in cars is legal, as long as you aren't driving, which is nice.  And you can rock booze on the street downtown in Memphis.


I grew up in Memphis, and I didn't even KNOW there were drinking laws until I moved at 30.  Seriously, Memphis is like New Orleans with less class (and a higher proof)...
 
2013-06-24 02:42:15 PM

ModernPrimitive01: yeah, I don't know what state you're from but in Tennessee open containers will get you sent to jail


Last I heard, it didn't even have to be open. A sealed container was still a ticket to jail, unless it was not accessible from within the vehicle's cabin. (Ie., booze goes in the trunk, not the footwell.)
 
2013-06-24 02:42:53 PM
As someone who had a sangria at a restaurant in Tennessee last week, I'm getting a kick...
 
2013-06-24 02:43:10 PM

forteblast: As someone who had a sangria at a restaurant in Tennessee last week, I'm getting a kick...


was it a margarita
 
2013-06-24 02:44:02 PM

thornhill: So basically they banned mixed drinks?


Liquor laws against pre-mixed drinks is to protect the consumer. Alcoholic drinks should be poured in plain sight of the customer so that the customer can judge the amount of alcohol going into a drink if they choose to pay attention to that. In some states, for instance, it would be illegal for a bartender to take your order, then go mix it in the back and walk out with the drink and serve it to you.
 
2013-06-24 02:44:26 PM
Little Nikke: Ah Tennessee... Still remember waiting in the line of 5-10 people waiting for the clock to strike twelve on Sunday so we could buy our beer... surprised to see they've added even more stupid laws on alcohol since I left.

Now that's the dumbest law I know of.  Nothing worse than waking up on Sunday and realizing you're out of beer and having to miss the kickoff of the first NFL game of the day.


That's why I was the one standing in line - the roommates cared about football, I only cared about football if there was beer involved.
 
2013-06-24 02:44:56 PM

gweilo8888: ModernPrimitive01: yeah, I don't know what state you're from but in Tennessee open containers will get you sent to jail

Last I heard, it didn't even have to be open. A sealed container was still a ticket to jail, unless it was not accessible from within the vehicle's cabin. (Ie., booze goes in the trunk, not the footwell.)


I call shennanigans, my best friend growing up NEVER cleaned his car and I remember one time it took the MPD 2 hours to search the car from all the dead beer cans (and they didn't even give him a ticket in the end).  Maybe in East Tennessee/Dollywood type places, but in the cities? Meh.  Trust me, the cops in Memphis have a LOT worse shiat to deal with every day than DUIs (unless you are just begging for it).
 
2013-06-24 02:45:46 PM
Sounds like they don't want pre-mixed drinks sitting around. It dilutes the alcohol of course so there's the chance it can go bad. And since they don't label anything the bars are using it as a way to sell watered down drinks. The best bartenders will mix a drink right in front of you. The shady ones won't.
 
2013-06-24 02:48:11 PM

chitlenz: gweilo8888: ModernPrimitive01: yeah, I don't know what state you're from but in Tennessee open containers will get you sent to jail

Last I heard, it didn't even have to be open. A sealed container was still a ticket to jail, unless it was not accessible from within the vehicle's cabin. (Ie., booze goes in the trunk, not the footwell.)

I call shennanigans, my best friend growing up NEVER cleaned his car and I remember one time it took the MPD 2 hours to search the car from all the dead beer cans (and they didn't even give him a ticket in the end).  Maybe in East Tennessee/Dollywood type places, but in the cities? Meh.  Trust me, the cops in Memphis have a LOT worse shiat to deal with every day than DUIs (unless you are just begging for it).


My cousin got pulled over and a cop took his flats of beer and emptied them one by one on the side of the road. He won in court and the cops had to buy him all his beer back. Would have been worth it just for that. The law says one thing but cops are just dickheads all around and no law's going to fix that.
 
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