Indisputably and perhaps even irrevocably, Kentucky is the bourbon capital of the universe. But with the advent of pandemic-borne legislation permitting licensed-by-the-drink restaurants to sell liquor by the drink for carryout (with food, and in covered and sealed containers), Louisville might soon become Little Margaritaville, with thousands upon thousands of tacos as collateral take-away.

Big news! We received word late last night that Kentucky legislators unanimously passed emergency legislation (SB 150 HCS and FCCR are attached) allowing by the drink licensees to sell alcoholic beverages by the drink on a delivery, to go or take-out basis as is appropriate with the amount of food sold, as with the language we’ve been operating under this past week …

In both Kentucky and Indiana, government regulators seem to be unraveling decades-old post-Prohibition alcoholic beverage restrictions at a pace to match the disintegration of the polar ice caps. Only time will tell how much control the states aim to take back once the coronavirus crisis concludes.