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ONDBEAT: Diners may soon drink to liquid brunch before lunch

As if folks couldn’t stand the long wait in line until the clock strikes noon to indulge in demon alcohol on Sundays, North Carolina legislators, and apparently lobbyists, are now serving up the “brunch bill.”

This measure approved this week by the state legislature would enable eateries and other similar establishments, namely those specializing in Sunday brunch or Sunday tastings, to offer Bloody Marys, mimosas and Granny’s Special Brew Smoky Mountain Possum Cee-ment Pond Pine Porter, to diners desiring them on Sunday mornings instead of having to wait until (fuddy-duddy) Sunday afternoons.

I personally don’t see what the big deal is, since brunch and baseball are among those rare American times of the week offering freedom — some might say “excuses” — for daytime drinking “without judgment,” as Carrie Bradshaw so succinctly put it in an old episode of “Sex and the City.”

I’ve been to Sunday brunch, at least once that I can readily recall, so that makes me an expert.

It was just a few years ago at The Front Page Restaurant and Grill on New Hampshire Avenue near Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., a newspaper-themed (duh) eatery long renowned for its “bottomless” Sunday breakfast buffet klatch, along with optional mimosas.

These days, who doesn’t need a good stiff morning drink with their coffee and eggs in the midst of sweltering stinking swampland?

Besides, I was relying on my designated driver, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, aka the Metro subway, rather than driving myself. So liquid refreshment with the celebrated brunch bunch was perfectly acceptable in downtown D.C.

Not so much, yet, across N.C. But that could soon change.

Senate Bill 155 gives local governments the option to decide whether to allow their restaurants and bars to sell alcoholic beverages starting at 10 a.m. Sundays.

The measure also eases restrictions for the state’s burgeoning craft beer industry (I think we just cracked open possible lobbying involved in this scenario). It could come in handy locally, as Brunswick County starts tapping into the N.C. craft-brew scene.

Frankly, some folks are tired of counting down and checking their watches until the noon hour gongs on the Sabbath waiting for one of North Carolina’s many craft breweries to open up and start doling out samples.

I also personally went through that in Asheville’s Biltmore Village one Sunday when I was in a hurry to scurry back to eastern Carolina a whopping five hours away so I wouldn’t be driving after dark. It was a struggle.

No, I was not sampling and driving. I was doing (sealed) takeout cans to bring home as liquid souvenirs.

Just stop and think what that extra two hours could mean.

Laura Lewis is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or llewis@brunswickbeacon.com.