I noticed these two stores in the Google news this morning. The first from Brunei:
Man Fined Over Undeclared BeerThe second from Utah:
Bandar Seri Begawan - A 26-year-old Malaysian, who conveyed undeclared beer, was ordered jailed for three months after he failed to pay a $1,500 fine imposed by the Bandar Magistrate's Court. Defendant Fong Soong Soon kept 48 cans of Tiger Beer under the front bonnet of his car he drove from Limbang. He arrived at 11.10 am at the Customs Control Post in Kuala Lurah on June 1, according to Customs Prosecuting Officer Pg Abdullah Pg Hj Matahir. The defendant declared 12 cans of beer on a Customs form given to Customs officers on duty at the post.
Police On Lookout for Wyoming Beer RunsSo in Brunei, an extra 36 brew is a trafficing scheme and in Utah there is concern that high school kids are getting kegs of Wyoming brew and tapping the keg in the car coming back. It is important to know that in Utah beer over 3.2% is called "heavy beer" and specially regulated, hence the mad urge for the best Wyoming has to offer. I wonder if anyone noticed that if Utah dropped the special restrictions that there would be no need for beer runs in the minds of kids. Why you can't being a third six pack into Brunei is likewise beyond me.
Planning on making a beer run to Wyoming? Well, police are planning to catch you. This is the time of year for high school graduation parties, and state troopers are hoping to keep illegal alcohol from getting into the state. It'll make you slow down--a patrol car, seemingly out of nowhere. UHP troopers always look for speeders, but for the next few days they're also looking for something else. Sgt. Greg Willmore, Utah Highway Patrol: "We’re paying special attention to any indication that there’s any illegal alcohol coming across the border." Utah and out-of-state beer mix like Utes and BYU fans. You could go to jail for bringing it in. Out-of-staters, like Georgia resident JT Cantrell, think it's the craziest thing he's ever heard of. But as a dad, he likes the idea for underage teens. JT Cantrell: "It’s probably a good thing to keep drunks off the roads."