In what was perhaps an overreaction to a tragic case of a high school kid dying after a fight at a keg party, the New York State Legislature in 2003 enacted a law requiring beer retailers to affix tags to each keg of beer sold. Among other things, the tags ID’d the purchaser by name, address and driver’s license number.
Oh, and while they were at it, the representatives of the people bumped the $10 deposit on each keg sold to $75. In a fit of public service, they reduced it to $50 in 2008.
But, all that is moot for 2011. The expiration date of the law was November 22, 2010, and the dying days of the last legislative session saw no groundswell of sentiment to extend the provision.
So, we’re back to anonymous kegs.
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