The Washington State Liquor Control Board is sponsoring the last of two public hearings concerning the city's controversial bid to make Alcohol Impact Areas mandatory and more expansive on Thursday, July 27, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the LCB's SODO distribution center (4401 E. Marginal Wy. S.). As Skip Berger points out in this week's Mossback, banning select brands of cheap beer and fortified wine is tantamount to banning the sale of Kit-Kat bars in the U District while keeping Dilettante afloat. On top of that, there are obvious constitutional issues surrounding the ban of select brands in select neighborhoods, not to mention that among the proposed banned brands are products produced by brewing titans Anheuser-Busch, Miller, and Pabst, for whom dumping a few million dollars in legal fees to fight bans such as these is like bus fare to you and me.
But here's an interesting scenario: If the city succeeds in banning Colt .45 Ice from being sold in the city, what happens if Pabst (which distributes Colt .45 and other cheap nostalgia brands) decides to change that brand name to Colt .45 Spice? They'd theoretically have to rewrite the ordinance every time something such as this happens, wouldn't they? Discuss.