Jimmy Buffett’s home state ends ban on Margarita pitchers

Welcome back to Margaritaville: Singer Jimmy Buffett’s childhood home on Thursday backed off a short-lived ban on the sale of pitchers of the drink he made famous.

The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board announced an end to the pitcher prohibition a day after al.com published a column criticizing the moratorium. The irresistible mix of Buffett, Alabama’s perceived prudishness and tequila helped the topic quickly gain traction on social media.

The agency denied changing its mind because of publicity. The reversal had already been under consideration, said spokesman Dean Argo.

Margaritas — both the frozen and on-the-rocks versions — are particularly popular in Mexican restaurants. But some stopped selling them in June on orders from the state agency, which determined that only beer could be served by the pitcher and had inspectors check for violations.

The brief ban was based on an old rule that makes it illegal to “adulterate” alcohol, Argo said. The state determined pitchers of Margaritas were illegal since each glass from a pitcher could have a different amount of alcohol.

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