One of the best things we did as Innkeepers was get our beer and wine license, although it happened by a happy accident. And by accident, I mean we were unknowingly breaking the law.
One random day, two people showed up on our doorstep with guns and badges. However they weren’t here to arrest us or strip for us; they were here because they understood we were serving wine. I told them that I serve wine to anyone including friends and family of my guests and that it was not a part of their room cost. Obviously that was not the right answer and soon thereafter I found myself with a beer and wine license. In hindsight, they did me a favor because a world of wholesale wine has been dropped in my lap and those of you who know me realize that makes me very happy.
About 3 months after we had our beer and wine license, Joe and I were in St. Augustine for the day and Blair, my innkeeper, was minding the Inn. The Alcohol inspector showed up and asked where we were storing our beer and wine. Blair took them to the cabinet where we had it all stashed. Unfortunately we also had various bottles of liquor in the cabinet. We don’t drink much liquor but sometimes guest will buy it for themselves and then just leave it when they head home. I don’t want to waste what they spent money on! Again, those of you who know me know I would never throw out a bottle of liquor. Hence all the random bottles that the inspector saw. She told Blair that I could be fined $1,000 a bottle. Blair immediately went into the laundry room, grabbed a laundry basket and started putting all the liquor bottles in the basket and then in front of the inspector, put it all in the back of her car. She called me and asked me what I wanted her to do with all the liquor. I told her to take it home with her since I really didn’t want it anyhow. Blair happened to be heading to a Super Bowl party that weekend so it was a win-win. I didn’t get fined and Blair was the most popular girl at the party….
I feel so relieve that we have inspectors looking out for all of us. We are all so much safer….