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Issue 40 - Wacky,weirdandwonderful

Whisky Magazine Issue 40
June 2004

 

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Wacky,weirdandwonderful

Wemightmoanaboutnannystategovernmentsthesedays,butovertheyearslegislatorsacrosstheworldhavetriedallsortsofbizarrethings.HereChristineGreenlooksatsomeofthestrangeralcohollaws

Doyouconsideryourselfawhiskyconnoisseurorsomeonewhomerelyenjoyspartakinginaglassortwowhenentertaining?Alternatively,youmayfindyourfascinationoftheworldofalcoholdrawsyouintoexploringitshistory.

Andifyoutakeupthechallengeanddelvedeepintothearchivesyouwillfindamongstotherthingsacollectionofstrangelaws,manyofwhichwerepennedbymembersoftheclergyorlocalbusinesspeoplesomeofwhomregardedalcoholasbeingthe‘demondrink'.

Intheireyeslegislationneededtobeenforcedinorderto‘savethesouls'oftheweakwilledwhosuccumbed.

Fortunately,manyofthoselawshavelongsincefallenintotheabyssoftime,gonebutnottotallyforgotten,especiallybyhistoriansforwhomtheyareareminderofwhatlifewaslikeindaysgoneby.

Andwhatoftheothersthatremainlockedinthehistoricalarchivesandhaveyettobeeradicated.

Whoknows,intheeyesofthelegalsystemtheymaywellbestillenforceable,butforthemomenttheyaretheretobereadandenjoyed,givingeveryoneinthe21stcenturythechancetostepbackintimeandfindoutwhatlifewasreallylike.

Ifyouarepreparedforatransitionaljourneybacktodayslongbeforenonalcoholicbeverageswereevenconceived,drawupachair,pouraglassofyourfavouritechilledwineorweetotofwhiskyandrelaxasyouaretakenforabrieflookbackintimeatsomeofthemostbizarrelaws.

OfalltheweirdlawsrelatingtodrinkingnoonecouldpossiblydenythattheUnitedStatesofAmericamustrankashavingbyfarthemostentertaining.

Lovemelovemydogsure–butnotenoughtoplyhimwithwhiskeysurely?Itmusthavehappened,though,orwhyelsewouldlegislatorsinthestateofIllinoisenforcealawprohibitingthatanyonegiveadogato...

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