Portland, OR – Recently, the Neighborhood for Office Involvement submitted a proposal that would affect the downtown area. The proposal with voluntary participation, would limit the sale of beers over 5.75% ABV and larger than 16oz (or combined total of over 16 ounces), as well as boxed wine. The perceived outcome (if successful), would slow if not retard the number of chronic alcoholics in the area between Pearl and Northeast Lovejoy districts.However, unlike other cities and states with zoned off limit alcohol purchasing this one does not focus on one specific category, but rather it focuses specifically on any beer that is over 5.75% Alcohol by Volume. The NOI has stated that although this action being taken will be voluntary by the businesses, they might request the state make it mandatory if they do not receive 100% acceptance.
To put his in perspective to those who are fans of craft beer (as opposed to macro or malt liquors) this new action would apply to local favorites like Full Sail Black Gold (Stout or Porter), Ninkasi Radiant Summer, Ninkasi Total Domination IPA, Ninkasi Tricerahops, Oakshire Overcast Espresso Stout, Oaskshire Watershed, Hair of the Dog Doggie Claws, Hair of the Dog Fred, Hair of the Dog Adam, Laurelwood Hop Monkey IPA, Laurelwood Workhorse IPA, Cascade Lakes Apricot Ale, or any other beer (or boxed wine) that is sold either in a size greater than 12 ounces or in combination of more than 12ounces. Details are still coming but suffice to say this is would be bad news for craft beer in these areas.
For now the city says that they will be conducting a survey and hold several public meetings to discuss the matter. For more information and to see what inspired this story, please visit KATU Portland’s coverage.
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