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What is it with the US and Beer?
Authored by: complex_number on Tuesday, July 02 2013 @ 08:50 AM EDT
I once visited the Bud brewery in Merrimack NH as it wasn't far from where I was
living (Nashua). The head brewer proudly told us that rice was used in order to
create a smoother flavor.
He was not impressed when I quoted the German Beer Laws at him saying the Bud
could not be called Beer in Germany.

I now live very close to a really good brewery. I wonder what that head brewer
would make of some 'A over T', OTT, Rip Snorter or any other of the fine 'Hogs
Back Brewery Ales'. Not a lot probably but there is no accounting for taste.

{I also have memories of going to a 'Dead' Concert in the mid 1970's with 10
pints(UK) of Ruddles County that I illegally imported into the US from Canada).


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Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, July 02 2013 @ 02:04 PM EDT
The poster's comment is very dangerous.

In the US, alcohol laws vary by State. So do the penalties. Big time.

The intersection of alcohol and minors is especially dangerous legally.

What is not a crime in one state, may in another state, get you stripped of
custody of your children. Permanently.

You have to know what the law is in your state. Worse, in most counties/cities,
the prosecutors may be the least of the problem, there are very large, very
active child protective agencies that can/will be triggered by alcohol.

The best rule of thumb if you do not have a detailed knowledge of your state's
law is:
a) no alcohol for minors (i.e. under age 60),

b) never ever allow anybody else's child anything.

For a whole bunch of historical, economic, and physical reasons, a lot, even
possibly much, of the alcohol distributed in the US was high-proof, distilled
grain alcohols. Until the railroads were widespread, beers could not be
transported any distance. Wine was not generally available. As for the
water...ugh. Compared with its past, today's America is a hotbed of moderation
and temperance.

There may be a state that does not prosecute a parent giving small amounts of
beer to the parent's child at the family dinner (because the state doesn't know
it happened), but that doesn't mean that it is legal.

This area of the law has too much historical baggage, is too emotional, and has
too many vested ricebowls involved to take any chances with.

And yes, since the legally liable adults are now long dead, it is now safe for
me to admit that I as a pre-teenager, consumed (small) quantities of a local
rust-remover (aka 'beer') at family dinners.

I am not a lawyer, but DON'T take risks with this.

JG






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What is it with the US and Beer?
Authored by: Wol on Wednesday, July 03 2013 @ 03:53 PM EDT
The bit about 5-year-olds is recent? I don't think so.

I think the lower age for *drinking* alcohol was 5 when I was that age, and that
was a loooong time ago - you can add a nought to that to get my age now.

Cheers,
Wol

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