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Silly Beer Laws by U.S. State - From N - W

The Silly Beer Laws by U.S. State in the list below are, by no means, a complete list of laws governing beer or alcoholic beverages. They are merely a broad illustration of the range of regulations covered, from the ridiculous to the mundane.

It is illegal for a bar to sell beer unless it is simultaneously brewing a kettle of soup...Ban on off-premises sales of Alcohol on Sundays.

Underage consumption of alcohol is not explicitly prohibited.

New Hampshire
You cannot be served an alcoholic drink unless you are sitting down.

New Jersey
If convicted of "Driving Under the Influence" (DUI), you lose the privilege of applying for personalized license plates for a period of three years.

New Mexico
Underage consumption of alcohol is not explicitly prohibited.

New York
Underage consumption of alcohol is not explicitly prohibited.

North Carolina
"Private Club Rule" applies - to sell liquor, an establishment must also sell a set percentage in food sales, unless they are a Private Club. To join a "private club," you must fill out an application and wait three days to pick up a club card. State regulated liquor stores are not permitted to advertise.

North Dakota
Beer and pretzels cannot be served at the same time in any bar or restaurant.

It is illegal to get a fish drunk.

Beer stronger than 3.2% must be purchased in state liquor stores...Ban on off-premises sales of Alcohol on Sundays.

Underage purchase of alcohol is prohibited except for law enforcement purposes…Underage possession of alcohol is illegal except when in a private residence, and a parent or guardian is present or consents and it is for one or more specified religious, educational, or medical purposes.

Patrons must buy a case at a beer distributor...Six-packs must be purchased at a tavern - exception is the grocery store with eat-in café who has an E license...It is illegal to be intoxicated in public...It is illegal to have a previously opened container of any alcoholic beverage in your car...Parents or guardians cannot furnish an alcoholic beverage to their child under any circumstance, including within their private residence.

Rhode Island
Ban on off-premises sales of Alcohol on Sundays.

South Carolina
Private Club Rule - It is illegal to sell alcoholic beverages on a Sunday unless you are a Private Club.

South Dakota
Underage possession of alcohol is allowed for one or more specified religious, educational, or medical purposes.

Ban on off-premises sales of Alcohol on Sundays.

The Encyclopedia Brittanica is banned in Texas because it contains a recipe for making homebrew...In Lefors, TX, it is illegal to take more than three sips of beer while standing...In Houston, TX, it is illegal to purchase beer after midnight on Sunday, but it is legal to purchase beer anytime on Monday, including just after midnight on Sunday...It is illegal to sell less than 100 ml of alcohol in Texas, making it illegal to sell less than 2 mini-bottles (airplane-size) in one purchase...In McKinney, TX, you can be arrested for "intent to distribute in a dry city" if you are caught with anything over a case (24 pack)...Texas also has a "Private Club Rule" allowing members to legally drink alcoholic beverages in dry counties.

3.2% ABW (4% ABV) limit on draft beer, preventing craft brewers in the state from creating a full range of beer styles...To get an alcoholic beverage at a restaurant, you must either bring your own, or you must buy a "set-up" and have them pour it...However, you can buy beer at a gas station or convenience store...Ban on off-premises sales of Alcohol on Sundays.

It is illegal to destroy the label on a keg, punishable by a maximum fine of $1000 or a prison sentence of 2 years.

If an intoxicated driver is stopped in Virginia Beach, VA, for Driving Under the Influence (DUI), and you are a drunk passenger, you can also be charged with a DUI.

A grocery store licensee may sell malt liquor in containers no larger than five and one-half gallons.

West Virginia
It is illegal to furnish alcohol to minors except by relatives by blood or marriage.

An underage person is prohibited from knowingly possessing an alcoholic beverage unless accompanied by his or her parent, guardian or spouse who has attained the legal drinking age.

Underage consumption of alcohol is not explicitly prohibited…Underage purchase of alcohol is illegal except for law enforcement purposes.

Silly Beer Laws by U.S. State - from A-M


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