Dry, no more: Ephraim, Wisconsin, passes referendum to allow beer and wine sales

Ephraim in fall // Photo via ephraim-wisconsin.com

Ephraim in fall // Photo via ephraim-wisconsin.com

The last dry town in Wisconsin is dry no more.

Voters in the Village of Ephraim, a small town in Wisconsin’s Door County peninsula, voted to end the 163-year ban on beer and wine sales.

According to a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, residents of Ephraim, which has been dry since 1853 because of its religious origins, had failed to overturn the ban in the referendums of 1932 and 1992, but passed referendums Tuesday to allow the sale of beer and wine.

The referendum on the Class B license allowing the sale of beer was approved by a 127-98 vote, and the referendum on the Class C license allowing the sale of wine was approved 152-73.

Proponents of the measures said serving beer or wine is just a matter of keeping up with the times, reports the Journal Sentinel. Opponents cited tradition and the belief that alcohol is not necessary to enhance the local economy.

[H/T Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

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