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May 22, 2009

Some liquor laws getting an overhaul

Guest poster Alexander D. Mitchell IV has an update on my "growlers are illegal" post from a little while back:

I spent a little while on the phone recently with Baltimore Board of Liquor License Commissioners chairman Stephan Fogleman regarding the obscure-laws-being-violated issue brought up by Sessa. Long story short, Fogleman and associates are planning to go over the entire collection of city laws concerning alcohol, and see what has to be targeted for change or removal ...

However, thanks to the complexities of how laws get changed in the state, any official changes are not likely to happen until the fall, simply because there are several requirements such as allowing for public comment, etc. that have to be observed, and these take time and proper procedure.

Rest assured, however, that we're dealing with a chairman that is on the side of good drinking enthusiasts and not "that's the way it's always been done."

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 11:00 AM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


The legislature makes the laws. It's my understanding that the Liquor Board is changing some local rules. And the Chairman is definitely on the side of good food, beer and wine. Why, he has an engraved barstool at a local pub that he earned by drinking a few good beers.

I just spoke with Mr. Fogleman yesterday, and he said we can expect an update on this by September.

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