America’s Strangest Drinking Laws
For anyone under the impression that the majority of ridiculous laws about alcohol were abolished at the end of Prohibition, be prepared to have your mind blown. And no, we’re not talking about drinking and driving laws or laws regarding the sale of alcohol to a minor. Obviously we’re all for those. They’re plausible. They make sense. When we say “ridiculous drinking laws” we mean more along the lines of the fact that’s it illegal to give booze to a fish in Ohio or the law in Texas stating that you can’t take more than 3 sips of beer if you’re not sitting down. Has your jaw dropped to the floor yet? If so, have a seat and get comfortable because those are just two of many outrageous drinking laws we’ve found. If you’re planning a trip to a different state we recommend reading ahead so you don’t find yourself behind bars for shotgunning a beer whilst standing in Texas.
- There is no Happy Hour in Massachusetts. If you find yourself in the Bay State from 3:00 to 6:00 anytime soon, don’t expect to get a discount on any Sam Adams because Massachusetts doesn’t celebrate Happy Hour (as far as alcohol is concerned). But we get it. The state’s economy would lose a little over $1 million per hour in Boston alone if beer was discounted.
- No drinking and riding in Colorado. The cowboys of the Wild Wild West would be turning over in their graves if they knew that it is illegal to drink while riding a horse in Colorado. In Colorado, a horse is considered a vehicle so people face the same fate for an RUI as they would for a DUI. Sorry Butch Cassidy, put away the moonshine.
- Beer in Oklahoma isn’t exactly thirst-quenching. …Because nothing leaves your mouth drier than a large glass of room-temperature beer. In Oklahoma, if your beer contains more than 4% alcohol, it must be sold at room temperature.
- Bourbon country is generally dry. Thousands of tourists flock to Kentucky each year to explore the state’s historic bourbon distilleries. But what most do not know upon arrival is that they can’t enjoy more than a small sip on their tours because most Kentucky bourbon distilleries are in dry country. California distilleries would never do such a thing…
- It is illegal to give beer to a moose in Alaska. The fact that this statement needed to be written down into law makes Alaska that much more appealing.
- No drinking on election day in South Carolina or Kentucky. It’ll be interesting to see how well The Donald does at the polls in South Carolina and Kentucky when people don’t have liquid courage running through their veins.
Of course, we couldn’t find any ridiculous drinking laws for the Golden State, just confirming our belief that California is the most badass state around. Though we still don’t recommend sharing any Lost Republic whiskey to Bullwinkle any time soon.