Michael Crowell


At 8:04 a.m. on Tuesday, November 21, 1978, Hank Stoppelbein stepped up to the bar at Benedictine's Restaurant in Charlotte and ordered a Bloody Mary, ending a seventy-year ban on the sale of mixed drinks in North Carolina and leaving Oklahoma as the only state in the Union without some form of legal mixed-drink sales. This article will trace the route by which North Carolina law came to accept Mr. Stoppelbein's early-morning consumption and will review the law and regulations which govern his drinking.



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