If you’ve been convicted of driving while intoxicated, you cannot apply for personalized license plates in New Jersey. In Connecticut, breweries can’t give free samples of beer after 8 p.m. In Montana, brewery taprooms can only serve 48 ounces of beer per patron per day between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
These weird facts, strange local customs, booze lore and pro tips abound in “The Field Guide to Drinking in America,” a new book from author Niki Ganong to be published April 21. There are plenty of tidbits like these that you’ll want to sprinkle through your next happy hour conversation, but the book is also a useful how-to for your next American drinking trip.
Before you plan a beer-soaked tour through Illinois, for example, you’ll want to nix any hope of playing beer pong in a bar; drinking games are illegal in taverns there. You should also note that in Pennsylvania, you can’t purchase packaged liquor or wine on holidays including Thanksgiving, Easter, Labor Day and Christmas (good luck at those family dinners). And in Mississippi, you won’t be able to fill a growler at a brewery. Ever. Such is the volatility of our strange patchwork of American drinking laws.
It’s the rare book that manages to be informative, entertaining and a quick read—lucky for those who like to drink their way around the country, this one is all three. Preorder it on Amazon now, or look for it on shelves at the end of the month.