In February 2010, California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agents raided San Francisco bar Bourbon and Branch one of the city’s most upscale and innovative bars. The crime? Serving infused whiskey.
The bar violated an ancient law that was originally crafted to protect drinkers from bad moonshine in the post-Prohibition era. But with the law technically still on the books, the ABC could come down hard on barrel-aged bitters, housemade tonics and carefully crafted tinctures in a nutshell, everything that makes the Bay Area bar scene one of the most innovative and sophisticated in the world.
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