#DrunkenSocialism vs. The State: How Virginia is Screwing over Bars, Customers, and Common Sense

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Around the country, more and more people are dabbling with socialism — #drunkensocialism. Bars and restaurants selling bottles of expensive or rare alcohol one ounce at a time, at cost. It gives patrons a taste of something exotic they could never normally afford, and drives business in the process.

While it seems like a win-win scenario for all involved, the restrictive laws in Virginia make this new trend essentially illegal. We spoke to John Maher of The Rogue Gentlemen in Richmond, Virginia about the difficulties of owning a bar under the jurisdiction of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC).

“I get that it’s a business,” says Maher “well I’ve got a fuckin’ business too, and you’re killing me.”

Produced and Edited by Austin Bragg. Camera by Austin and Meredith Bragg.

About 4:45.

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