In Oregon, you can't just walk into any supermarket for a bottle of Grey Goose. Booze is overseen by the Oregon Liquor Control Board and sold only from state-run shops. Most stores close early — good luck picking up hooch after 8 p.m. — and many don't even open on Sundays.
For years, advocates have pushed for selling liquor out of regular retail establishments. Last week, when the state's House Business and Labor Committee held the latest hearing about the law, state Rep. Bill Kennemer, who is skeptical about changing the procedure, made the statement, "We just don't want to get to be like Louisiana, where you have drive-up daiquiri shops."
The concept of drive-through daiquiri shops was so foreign to the Oregonians that the group PolitiFact, which analyzes the veracity of politicos' public statements, contacted Kennemer, who said he and his wife had seen them on a trip to New Orleans.
"They kept spotting these signs for daiquiris. The signs were attached to buildings with drive-thru windows," PolitiFact explained to its readers. "Blended frozen daiquiris are made with rum, lime juice and sweetener and have the consistency of iced smoothies. They come in many fruity flavors, plus chocolate." PolitiFact also called Jacques Berry, a spokesman for Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, who confirmed for them: Yes, Oregon, drive-through daiquiri shops exist. "We rate the statement True," PolitiFact concluded. — Kevin Allman