The diversity of unique but wacky laws on the sale of beer never ceases to amaze me. Today I found out about something called a "cereal malt beverage":
...cereal malt beverage seems a relic of a bygone era. According to the brewing industry, only five other states treat the weaker stuff differently than the stronger stuff: Colorado, Minnesota, Montana, Oklahoma and perpetually dowdy Utah. And attempts in Kansas over the past 20 years to change state law have all failed. Michelle Semons, a spokeswoman for the National Beer Wholesalers Association, said it will likely remain on those states' shelves, "as long as consumers are purchasing it." The difference between cereal malt beverage and beer in Kansas law often is less than a quarter-ounce of alcohol in a 12-ounce can. Yet that difference determines who can sell what. Only retail liquor stores can sell packaged beer, whereas grocery and convenience stores can sell packaged cereal malt beverage. The state regulates liquor; state and local governments regulate cereal malt beverage.Often these systems continue only to perpetuate a multi-level system of selling while not rocking the boat of the utter utter badness of beer. If I ever travel inlnd into the USA as opposed to the nearer north-east end I suppose I will have to contend with them as a buyer. For now I can only think of Pennsylvania and wonder.