One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer

Although it was several decades ago (1977) when George Thorogood recorded the song, “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” according to a story in Sunday’s Great Falls Tribune, the past decade has been very good for the sale of whiskey, vodka, and rum in Montana.

According to the Tribune, “Sales of distilled spirits such as whiskey, vodka and rum increased by more than 250,000 cases, or 53 percent, to 732,223 cases, from 2003 to 2013, according to data from the Montana Revenue Department’s Liquor Control Division.”

Ah yes, the Montana Revenue Department’s Liquor Control Division. The key word in that title is “Control.”

In many states, you can find a liquor store every few blocks or even buy a bottle of whiskey at your corner convenience store, but not in Montana. In Montana, you have to locate a state-contracted liquor store which probably has a crusty old fellow working there who seems annoyed that you are taking him away from his television show to shop.

It might be easier to buy moonshine.

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