This market is massively nice. Went on opening weekend when it was pissing down rain, and it was still a good time. Came precariously close to buying a vintage US-made Levis jacket lined with some kind of flannel blanket-type situation. Plus, the antique shop on that block (totally spacing the name) is the real deal.
Hi everyone! Do you remember like, 100 years ago when we basically re-hashed that Merc story about the OLCC wanting to take away everyone’s booze, forever? Well! The good folks at the OLCC took time out of their busy schedules to write us and stay some stuff! Maybe it’s important, huh? Let’s find out:
My name is Christie Scott and I am the Public Information Officer for the OLCC. I saw your tweet and your blog about the proposed Alcohol Impact Area in Portland and wanted to reach out to you because some of the information isn’t entirely correct. The Alcohol Impact Area (AIA) was proposed by the city of Portland. The proposal the city is asking OLCC to consider does include all beer above of a certain alcohol by volume content (with the exception of craft brews). However, there is no guarantee that what is proposed will be adopted by the OLCC’s Commissioners - or that the proposal will stay in it’s original form. The OLCC has received input from the alcohol industry that they would like to see some changes to Portland’s proposal in regard to what beverages are included as well as the geographical area.
It is common for the final draft of the rule that goes before the Commissioners will be different than the original version. There is much interest in how this rule would affect businesses and customers. The OLCC has two meetings with a diverse group of stake holders (business owners, moderation groups, city & community representatives, beverage distributors, brew pubs, etc.) to talk through the issues and work out some more details. There will also be a public hearing scheduled at some point in the future. There is still a lot of work to be done and many options to be considered. At this point, it is inaccurate to say that the Commission wants to ban Guinness as it is just too premature in the process to know what the final language will be - and certainly we can not predict how the Commissioners will vote.
Please feel free to call me any time you have any questions about alcohol laws. I’m usually in the office from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday. It’s nice to connect with you and I look forward to working with you on other blogs in the future.
If someone could just draw me a map of the places where I will always be able to buy a 40 oz of King Cobra, NO MATTER WHAT, that would be swell.
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission and the city of Portland have been talking about a malt beverage ban downtown forever. It’ll help keep the bums sober or whatever! (?). But now, the Merc reports that the OLCC wants the “alcohol impact area” (isn’t that all of Portland?) to extend beyond Downtown, Old Town and Goose Hollow to locations as far as Forrest Park and Nob Hill. The ban would include all non-craft beers with alcohol contents above 5.75 percent, and any beer that comes in containers of 16 ounces or more.
That would effectively ban all tallboys, (the official beverage of Portland!) most British/Irish imports that come in regular/Imperial pint cans, and probably tons of other stuff I’m not thinking about at the moment. Oh, and also! Boxed wine! What the hell is everyone going to drink? Everyone knows that a walk from, say, M Bar to The Matador on Burnside requires one (1) tallboy to complete. THERE IS NO OTHER WAY TO SUCCESSFULLY NAVIGATE THAT WALK. Ugh. Everyone should move away.