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No Wine Served at the National Mall


The National Mall

The spring weather has been gorgeous in Washington, DC with sunny skies and above average temperatures.  On a recent trip downtown to visit some museums we decided to eat our lunch outside.    Cold soda and French fries are a great accompaniment to a picnic lunch so we headed over to a concession building on the Mall.

Bud and Bud Light

The concession stand between the Arts and Industries Building and the Castle is quite sizeable with multiple serving windows and a chained off area for outdoor eating along with many tables and chairs.  Prominently displayed in the windows are  two alcoholic selections, cans of Budweiser and Bud Light.

No Alcohol on the Mall

I have always known that alcoholic beverages are not allow on the Mall but I did not know they are allowed at concession stands.

“The use, sale, or possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in all areas of the Park except in designated areas of approved concessions contracted by the government and assigned by the superintendent or within limited and clearly designated areas if authorized under a specific permit issued by the superintendent.” National Mall and Memorial Parks Superintendent’s Compendium, Part 2, Section 2.35 (3) (i) Alcoholic Beverages and Controlled Substances, http://www.nps.gov/nama/parkmgmt/upload/compendium.pdf (last visited 14 May 2012); 36 C.F.R. § 2.35(a)(3)(i).

Copa Di Vino

While I personally think it would be cool to showcase a few local brews I can appreciate the selection of what was once the most popular beer in the country.  I do think there should be a few wine selections as well.  A good addition to the menu would be Copa Di Vino.  These are single-serve cups of varietal wine which retail for $3 each.  Made of recyclable plastic the wine is sealed by oxygen-proof foil which is covered by a protective lid.  The packaging eliminates the need for a glass and corkscrew.

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