Around 1920, in this charged up era of prohibition and alcohol issues....the US government passed a law that said that the Post Office system could not ship or transport alcohol, period. For roughly a hundred years.....that law has been in place.
I noted this week in the Wall Street Journal....a piece which touched on the Post Office and alcohol issue. The current commissioner of the Post Office system wants the law repealed. He's kinda added up numbers and indicates that they could generate at least fifty million dollars in income if they could pick up and deliver beer, wine or booze. There's at least two Senators who will push it but no one is sure about this passing.
For a hundred years, the Postal system has protected our morality and virtues. At least, that's what the intention of the original law was all about. The prohibition era lasted roughly thirteen years. What can be said is that the saloon negativity did come to an end, but private and personal usage of alcohol continued on, and within twelve months....a large segment of American society were continuing their drinking habits. Oddly, no one said a word about the Postal law and no one made any attempt to repeal it.
Today? Well....thirty-three states have some form of county or city prohibition still in effect. Seventeen states dictate that no county or city can attempt a limit on alcohol without state consent, which is usually impossible to gain.
Alabama has three entire counties still dry, with twenty-odd counties considered 'moist' (meaning some city has gone wet but the overall county is dry. About every two years now.....more towns in Alabama go 'moist', so the prohibition tendency is slowly dying off.
The problem with the Post Office idea? There will have to be some office hired within the agency which monitors wet and dry situations, and sets the standard. You probably won't be able to ship nine-percent beer to a number of states or cities. You probably won't be able to mail directly to some guy's house (meaning you have a note to come by the Post Office with an ID to pick up your booze). And you won't be able to ship to any county or city which is dry.
This profit idea? I just don't see many people logging onto Amazon and ordering up wine or booze via this method. But I could see some intellectual guy sitting on his patio in Alabama and desiring the fancy taste of a Seattle-brewed beer (like Stoup's green beer). You log on and order a six-pack on Wednesday night, and by Saturday....Clarence....your mail-guy.....puts the note in your box and you drive over to pick up your Stoup's beer. That night.....you sit and talk excessively to your buddy over a bar-b-q and a green beer about the essence and marvelous taste of the green-tinted beer. Then your buddy will mention that Stoups has a whiskey-barrel aged beer with nine-percent alcohol. In seconds, you will log on and order a six-pack of that barrel for next weekend.
Maybe after five years, guys might adapt and be drinking all kinds of custom beers and the big five beer companies will finally admit they can't compete with the micro brewery operations.
All of this.....thanks to the Post Office changing the rules.