Alabama’s War on Margaritas

Joining the show is Cameron Smith general counsel and vice president of implementation for the R Street Institute, where he oversees how R Street implements and communicates the policy solutions its experts develop. He also handles a wide range of the institute’s legal matters.

Cameron, and his team at R Street uncovered Alabama’s over zealous Alcohol (Nanny) Control board attempting to ban the sale of pitchers of Margarita’s to adults. Why? Your guess is as good as ours but there may be something to do with trying to stay relevant in a world that needs no such thing as an Alcohol Control Board.

Cameron explains how his team was able to, almost overnight, pressure the nannies in Alabama to reverse their decision and let consenting adults voluntarily purchase pitchers of Margaritas once again.

Also how we can replicate the success R Street is having!

Read Cameron’s articles on the Mississippi Margarita ban here and here!

Sunday Equality

Buying beer and mimosas at 10AM on Sunday! When did North Carolina become so edgy!

Eric Rowel, local Mecklenburg County activist, the figure behind #sundayequality, and concerned citizen joins the show not just for a victory lap but an explanation of how a bill over Sunday alcohol sales was passed in North Carolina. While other states have eradicated blue laws, getting 2 hours extra on Sunday was a huge achievement for this Old North State.

We discuss the vicotry, how future alcohol reform can succeed, and why this policy gained such traction and support.

Also, listen into the surprise at the end where Eric reveals a surprise about my future.

Check out Eric’s Blog, but be sure to “Check your Emotions at the Door”

Or follow on Twitter @EricWRowell

Why 21? Why not 18…19?

Jake Curtis, Associate Council and Federalism Litigator at the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty Center for Competitive Federalism, joins the show to discuss how the drinking age has played a role in shaping federal precedent for the last 30 years since the Supreme Court on “South Dakota Vs. Dole” (The 6th least populated state challenging the status quo!)

The Federal government of these United States and each of the 50 states are in a constant tug of war over power to regulate, but figuring out the role for each is not necessarily set in stone. Jake uncovers how precedent set by liquor and alcohol have shaped not only the drinking age but have created a domino effect with implications on future Supreme Court rulings.

Don’t worry folks, my Alcohol Commerce Clause was met and as a bonus, we argue over the Packers place in the NFL. (Go Vikings!)

Check out Jake’s wonderful explanation of the drinking age here:
Thirty Years of Federal Coercion, on the Drinking Age and More

Be sure to keep up with Jakes latest research and articles at National Review.

Matt Kibbe and the Beer Freedom Index


Wonderful show with special guest Matt Kibbe joining the podcast! Matt is the former President of “FreedomWorks” and current President and Chief Community Organizer of “Free the People“, an economist by training, public policy expert, a best-selling author, and first and foremost craft beer lover!

As a disruptive force in politics, Beer is the perfect microcosm example to discuss problems of top-down central planning and the forces of government planning. Matt, explains the “Beer Freedom Index” (wish I thought of that) and why the less freedom a country has, the less likely it will have a tasty brew…. if at all!

We also dive into the correlations the industry has with technology, the sharing economy, the war on drugs and if we have learned anything from prohibition. Finally, we answer “Is beer the perfect example of liberty in action?”

Be sure to check out “Free The People” and Matt Kibbe on their “Beer Is Freedom” project. Here, Here, and Here.

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What Does Liquor Reform Look Like?

Bob Dick, Senior Policy Analyst at the Commonwealth Foundation joins the show.

As an expert in liquor Privatization for Pennsylvania Bob explains what the goal of the privatization movement is about and some new bills introduced in the PA General Assembly to slowly accomplish this. Do these bills go far enough or are they just causing new problems down the road?