America as a whole spends $249 billion a year on booze, but not a drop of it touched the tiny town of Neversink, New York...until Thursday. After 80 years of prohibition, the town finally voted to legalize the sale of beer, wine, and liquor at restaurants and stores in November, the Times Herald-Record reports. It took a while for the laws to kick in, but on Thursday afternoon all those dry years finally came to an end.
The first resident of Neversink to be served was Kenny Curry, whose own father was thought to be one of the last to legally order a beer in the town before prohibition took effect. The Herald-Record describes the scene:
Eureka Market & Café owner Jennifer Grimes proudly poured Curry a bottle of Trout Town Eagle IPA from the Roscoe Beer Company as about 20 supporters cheered and applauded.
Grimes, who pushed for new alcohol laws three years ago, applied for a liquor license the day the vote passed. The beer trucks rolled up to her cafe on Wednesday, and the wine was delivered around noon on Thursday. Grimes started serving at 3 p.m., which is a little sooner than the customary happy hour, but when you've waited 80 years you can drink as early as you want. Now Neversink just needs in on Amazon beer delivery, and it'll be LIT.