MEADE COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - Whether businesses within Meade County's Muldraugh precinct will soon be able to serve and sell alcohol depended on the outcome a vote Tuesday.
"I'm looking at having the Kentucky micro brews, Kentucky wines and Kentucky bourbons," said Shoppes at Otter Creek and Branden Brew owner Pauline Bramer.
Having prided herself on selling and supporting Kentucky-made products, Bramer has wanted to expand her offerings to include locally produced alcohol. However, thanks to a more than 30-year-old precinct dry vote, as of Tuesday afternoon, espresso shots were the only shots being served at Bramer's business.
"I've worked long and hard on this since last October to bring it to a vote," said Bramer, who had her efforts tested at Meade county polls Tuesday with a wet-dry referendum.
"Currently it's dry so you can't sell anything," said Meade County Attorney Jessica Brown Roberts. "You can't sell packaged liquor, you can't sell beer."
Roberts said that is not the case, however, for Meade County, which bears a "wet" designation nor the case for the city of Muldraugh, which is designated as "moist."
"The entire county in 1982 approximately voted to go wet," said Roberts. "Within the city limits of Muldraugh you can sell liquor by the drink in restaurants."
"It is very confusing," said Bramer. "Back in 1982, my understanding is there was a vote for the county to go wet and then the precincts had the option to go back and revote themselves dry. That's what happened with this precinct."
Bramer hoped Tuesday's vote would serve up some support, enabling her to help boost local commerce by pouring up Commonwealth creations in a glass.
"I would really like to be able to offer just more Kentucky products," said Bramer.
If approved by the voters, Roberts said the Muldraugh precinct could begin alcohol sales in as little as 30 days allowing the sale of packaged alcohol and liquor along with sale by the drink with meals in the entire area precinct.
The Muldraugh precinct consists of the area between north of U.S. 60 to the Ohio River with areas east of Rock Ridge, Buck Grove and Bunger Roads, north of Garrett Road and Coyote Run and adjacent to the Fort Knox Reservation.
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