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Have you read The Unbearable Nonsense of Craft Beer - A Rant in Nine Acts by Alan and Max yet? It's out on Kindle as well as Lulu.

Maureen Ogle said this about the book: "... immensely readable, sometimes slightly surreal rumination on beer in general and craft beer in particular. Funny, witty, but most important: Smart. The beer geeks will likely get all cranky about it, but Alan and Max are the masters of cranky..."

Ron Pattinson said: "I'm in a rather odd situation. Because I appear in the book. A fictional version of me. It's a weird feeling."


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Todd R. -

Nice to see these laws falls by the wayside. It has always been a conundrum to me why a secular government was enforcing laws that were clearly based on a particular religion. You had to wonder, why was it okay to buy alcohol on the Jewish, Muslim and holy day of just about every other religion, but not the Christian sabbath?

The term 'Blue Law' seems to have a few different origins, but likely the first references had to do with the punishment for violating them, which resulted in the letting of blood:

"blue laws
Origin: 1781

During the American Revolution, Connecticutters were shocked--yes, shocked!--to learn that a book by a pro-British American traitor had been published in London that portrayed their early days as grim and gloomy. Rather than celebrating Connecticut for establishing the first English-speaking self-government entirely independent of the Mother Country (1617), the 1781 book by the Reverend Samuel Peters condemned the harshness of Puritan laws in the seventeenth-century Commonwealth of Connecticut. He called them "Blue Laws; i.e. bloody Laws; for they were all sanctified with whippings, cutting off the ears, burning the tongue, and death." The laws of early Connecticut included, for example, a five-shilling fine for absence from church on the Lord's Day. For a burglary committed on Sunday, in addition to the usual penalties the burglar had an ear cut off, and a third Sunday burglary meant the death penalty, there being no more ears. Lying or swearing earned time in the stocks. There were fines for playing cards, dice, or shuffleboard in public. Drinkers at inns were limited to half a pint of wine, and no alcohol was served after 9 P.M. "

gr -

Glad I can shop and keep my ears. Massachusetts has had even more restrictive blue laws until recently, and I wonder if anyone from Mass can fill us in? Funny thing is both NY and Mass are supposedly so liberal, and are in many ways, but old fashioned too.

Al -

Wikipedia has a pretty good article on blue laws.


Franky Edder-Dionne -

Than you could buy beer on Sunday is a blessing. In GA, you can't buy beer on Sunday at all. There are even some Holidays where they won't sell beer.