Jimmy Buffett’s home state ends brief ban on margarita pitchers

Welcome back to Margaritaville, Alabama, you can now have pitchers of margaritas again. That’s right, the state of Jimmy Buffett’s childhood home on Thursday backed off a short-lived ban on the sale of pitchers of the drink he made famous.

The Associated Press Reports,  Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board announced an end to the pitcher prohibition a day after AL.com published a column criticizing the moratorium. The irresistible mix of Buffett, Alabama’s perceived prudishness and tequila helped the topic quickly gain traction on social media.

Though the agency denied changing its mind because of publicity, rather the reversal had already been under consideration, said spokesman Dean Argo.

Some restaurants stopped selling margaritas — both the frozen and on-the-rocks versions — in June on orders from the state agency, which determined that only beer could be served by the pitcher and had inspectors check for violations.

The brief ban was based on an old rule that makes it illegal to “adulterate” alcohol, Argo said. The state determined pitchers of margaritas were illegal since each glass from a pitcher could have a different amount of alcohol.

Argo said ABC officials decided to change their view of the code section that led to the ban after discussing the issue with the Alabama Beverage Licensees Association. He said allowing pitcher sales should give businesses “the flexibility they need to meet the needs of their customers, while maintaining the integrity of the original rule.”

I’m sure we Buffett would think, “Whatever, just pass me the lost shaker of salt.”

Born on the Mississippi coast, Buffett spent his childhood in Mobile, AL and helped popularize the drink with his 1977 hit “Margaritaville,” featured in the video above.

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