FLINT TWP. — It can be a ‘top of the morning’ for green beer lovers and beer drinkers in general this St. Patrick’s Day thanks to a recently rescinded ban of Sunday morning liquor sales in the township.
By law, prohibition of Sunday morning liquor sales in Michigan was lifted in 2010, unless the local municipality passed a resolution opting out.
The township had such a resolution in placebutbyaa4-3vote,agreedto rescind it as of its March 4 meeting.
Clerk Kim Courts and trustees Barb Vert and Belenda Parker voted against lifting the ban. Township Supervisor Karyn Miller, Treasurer Marsha Binelli and trustees Frank Kasle and George Menoutes voted in favor.
Miller said the move was prompted by a request from Bar Louie restaurant at Genesee Valley Center mall that wanted to offer beer with breakfast on St. Patrick’s Day, which happens to fall on Sunday this year.
Miller noted that lifting the ban went into effect immediately, not just for St. Patrick’s Day, and will remain in effect point votes to reinstate it. It applies to all licensed businesses with a Sunday sales permit which must be obtained from the state liquor control commission.
Miller also noted that other municipalities around Flint Township allow Sunday morning liquor sales before noon.
State liquor laws allow Sunday morning liquor sales with a permit for on-premise and off-premise retail licensees – including beer, wine and mixed spirits – between 7 a.m. and noon on Sunday, if agreed to by the local government.
Sunday sales remain in effect for sales from noon until 2 a.m. also subject to some local government controls.
Bar Louie’s “Kegs and Eggs” St. Patty’s Party will start on Saturday and continue on Sunday, according to its Facebook page. And yes, green beer and Irish Whiskey are on the menu.
There’s no official word on how many other area establishments might actually be serving green beer. Drinking green beer on St. Patrick’s Day is strictly an American tradition, according to historical resources.
Ironically, St. Patrick’s Day, which is celebrated worldwide, began as a religious holiday under which Irish pubs were not allowed to be open until the late 1970s.
St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into more of a secular celebration with parades and parties in which wearing green and shamrocks for luck is part of the fun and everyone becomes honorary Irish for a day.