Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Dry Counties

We live in one. A lot of Kentucky is "dry" meaning they do not allow the sale of alcohol here.  Some counties are "wet" where you can buy liquor at a store. And some are "damp" where you can buy it only in a restaurant. No bars in damp counties, either!
In the next town over, there is a roadhouse, we call it "Bubba's" in a fun way, not mean at all.  The first time we ate there it was the day we closed on the house here.  Around 7:00 am and there were a bunch of farmers debating how much money they would make if they legalized pot and they could just grow that.  Cracked us up and we could only understand some of what they were saying, as we hadn't gotten used to the accents, yet.  But I knew these were good guys, one talked about how he took care of his woman, another said if you had a good woman, you'd better take care of her.  These were hardworking guys and I respected them.  Not what I'd call a Bubba at all.  Not the "here, hold my beer and watch this" kind of attitude at all.  :)

I was surprised there are are so many dry counties in the US.  A lot here in KY and throughout the south, 4 still in Florida (and I remember as a kid, hearing my folks talk about this or that county being dry).  83 counties in Alaska are dry (and I wonder just how many people live in those counties?) and about half of Mississippi is dry.



  1. Interesting. In Oregon we can buy beer and wine in grocery stores but hard liquor is only sold in state-licensed stores. I believe that will be on the ballot soon, following Costco's win in Washington.
    Can't say that we have less alcoholism or related problems than in California where it's freely available.

  2. In Minnesota, you could only buy beer, wine and liquor in the state licensed stores and bars. And the liquor stores were always closed on Sundays. Here in CA, anything goes. I bought my margarita makings at the grocery store, along with chicken for dinner. Love it, LOL!

  3. I grew up in a dry county in KY with dry counties all around us. We had people that would sell us liquor from there back door. We called them "bootleggers". The bootleggers would sell liquor to anyone no matter what age. So maybe dry a real good thing.