You may or may not have heard some hoopla about an “order” that the folks at Arkansas Beverage Control Division have stated they will now be enforcing. You can see the order by clicking here. Simply put, in the state of Arkansas, you can’t walk into a liquor store and buy one or two single bottles of beer under 16.9 fluid ounces. Three is the magic number. Your loyal beer geeks here at ArkansasBeerBlog have been keeping a close eye on this subject by communicating with the long arm of the law, distributors, retailers and that guy who seems to know everything and everyone standing around at the ballgames. Who is that guy anyhow?
Let’s get something straight: this isn’t the end of the world. This order does, however, limit the freedom of us freedom-craving Arkansans. Personally, I don’t necessarily like someone to tell me how much of something I can buy, or sell for that matter, when it is completely legal… and you have comparable and replaceable options that are not bound by the same laws. I know what you’re thinking – what about my wife or husband? They tell me what I can and can’t buy. Well, that’s different – that’s your own fault.
We are here to advance the craft beer market. Just a year or two ago, we had no decent imperial IPA option in Arkansas. If you wanted a great imperial IPA, you were out of luck. Now we have many options – thanks to the craft beer market evolving and great people like you.
Limiting that wine drinker to a spur-of-the-moment purchase of a very nice single imported Belgian beer will not help advance the craft beer world we live in. It will not help win over people wanting to try more beer. Let’s hope that the people behind the scenes get things straight. Until then, we will have a great excuse to buy more beer. Because now it’s the law.