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Alberta Imposes Prohibition (Kinda)

Part 2 of my 738 part series (WATT?) What Are They Thinking?

The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) has banned the sale of beers with alcohol content of more than 11.9 per cent because of possible binge drinking. Not liquor or spirits that are generally of a  higher alcohol content, only some specific beers.

Really? What binge drinker or out of control alcoholic is going out buying $114.00 a bottle Sam Adams Utopias?

Free the HopsI don’t know what the normal government process is, but it seems odd that they can just ban products without any legislation or ability to appeal. It appears to be a quicker process than the rest of their business dealings. At any rate, they’ve decided that we can’t be trusted with a Belgian Black or a Doppelbock. Thanks Mom!

The AGLC suspended sales of these beers until a report can determine whether they factor in binge drinking. That report will likely be presented to the AGLC board next spring. Beers under the ban can remain in stores until they are purchased but can’t be re-stocked until the AGLC makes a final decision.

If you have a problem with this regulation, you can direct your concerns to Andrea Kicia, supervisor of product and pricing, liquor supply and distribution for the AGLC –

User Comments

2 Responses to “Alberta Imposes Prohibition (Kinda)”

  1. December 2nd, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Vaughn says:

    Dude! Man, let’s get ****ed up on some crazy European import beer! Oh, this obscure expensive high alcohol beer is banned? **** let’s go get some 50% Absinthe-clones that are still on the shelves instead.

    Hell, why don’t we just do what we normally do and get some cheap whiskey (Royal Reserve) and Kokane before hitting the clubs.

  2. December 10th, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Dusty says:

    Haha, I’ll just binge off my $10 bottle of red wine. The cheese to make the wine tolerable costs almost as much.

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