Wednesday, December 02, 2009

"I can smell my beer!"

Remember those silly beer ads from a few years back in which light beer drinkers frantically ran into the streets shouting "I can't taste my beer," as Miller Lite drinkers bemusedly looked on?

It was the reverse, last night, at the Galaxy Hut in Arlington, Virginia. A fellow beer drinker exclaimed: "I can smell my beer!" December 1st was the first day of Virginia's state-wide ban on smoking in restaurants. Of course, the drinker was referring to a full-flavored beer.

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All bars are covered by the ban, because in Virginia, there are no alcohol-only bars: the establishments must serve food. There are exemptions, however. For example, smoking will be allowed in
Any portion of a restaurant that is constructed in a manner that the area where smoking is permitted is structurally separated from the non-smoking areas of the restaurant and separately vented to prevent the recirculation of air from the smoking area to the non-smoking area. At least one public entrance must be into an area where smoking is not permitted.

Private clubs, such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), are exempt. Establishments such as bowling alleys that prepare snack food could simply stop, and thus become exempt from the ban.
  • More information here.
  • Libertarians are not so sanguine about the mandated ban: here


  1. No, Tom: The fear is of the hot summer day when an inadvertently-left-out bottle of homebrew explodes somewhere in the house, and being a full, richly-flavored beer that it is, you say "Oh, [bleep], I can smell my beer!" as you're opening the front door of your house or flat..... Yes, yes, been there, done that, got the beer-splattered t-shirt.....

  2. It's funny how many people I've run into the last couple of days who thought of Galaxy Hut first, as "the place they'd most like to drink in after the smoking ban goes in place!"


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