Monday, March 21, 2005

North Carolina Beer Lover Trying To Repeal Buzz-Killing Law

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A North Carolina man is feeling belligerent about a state law which keeps him from drinking strong beer.

Sean Wilson and his brew buddies are trying to convince lawmakers to get rid of a statute that bans the sale of suds containing over six percent of alcohol per volume.

The buzz-killing law has been in place since 1935 and Wilson feels it’s extremely outdated and discriminatory, especially since higher percentage wine and hard booze is perfectly legal.

The statute has caused the 34-year-old and his “beer geek” friends to travel across state lines to get their favorite high alcohol percentage stouts and ales.

In his words, “Virginia liquor stores’ best customers are from North Carolina.”

Wilson and his supporters will be going to the state legislature in Raleigh tomorrow (Mar. 22) to push for the repeal of the law, which exists in only five other states, including Arkansas and Alabama.

With his help, Wilson figures North Carolinians will be able to suck back on their favorite dark beers by fall.

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