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Sonic Drive-In Joins Burger King in Offering Beer and Wine

by Sara Schwartz

BK Double Whopper Cheese del0711 Wine In The NewsWould you like fries with that… Bud Light? Certain Burger King Whopper Bar and Sonic Drive-In "Beach locations" around the U.S. are forever switching up the format of the beloved pick-up line by offering beer and wine along with their standard menu options.

Early this summer, Burger King Whopper Bar locations in Las Vegas, Nev., Kansas City, Mo., and Miami Beach, Fla., started offering "ice cold beer" to beef up the their fledgling Whopper Bar beer-and-burger concept. For a couple of dollars more than a soda, diners can wash down their Pepper Bacon Steakhouse XT with select Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors beer products.

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On June 13, the first SONIC Beach location opened in Homestead, Fla., offering three types of beer on tap, 25 different bottled beers, and 10 different wines — for customers who eat on the patio. For a fast-food restaurant that bills itself as "Your Ultimate Drink Stop," an expansion into alcoholic beverages only supports this Sonic-sized assertion.

Additional South Florida Sonic Drive-Ins designated as "Beach locations" are on the verge of getting into the alcoholic beverage game with plans to offer a wide variety of beer and wine, as well as cushioned seating, a sand and water feature, and TVs.

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Marylanders Can Now Order Wine By Mail

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s a new day for wine in Maryland. Direct ship, ordering wine by mail, is now legal. Maryland vineyards are signing up.

And as political reporter, Pat Warren explains, customers are already buying.

Raise a glass to new revenue. Matt Parks Sr. and Jr. lived in Maryland before they moved to New Jersey. It’s on rare visits like this one that they get to taste the wines at Boordy Vineyards, but once back in New Jersey, they’ve had to do without.

“It seemed silly not to be able to get wine shipped to our state from Maryland, you know,” said Parks, Sr.

And all this time a neighboring state has been getting all their money.

“I actually get some wine shipped from Virginia now. I go to a wine tasting there and get them delivered at least twice a year,” said Parks, Jr.

That makes Friday an “ah-hah” moment for the champions of direct ship who spent years and years trying to get the General Assembly to let them put a bottle of wine in a box and mail it.

“It was a classic Annapolis standoff where the wine industry couldn’t get their foot through that door,” said comptroller, Peter Franchot.

Franchot championed the cause and became the first person to have wine shipped to his home.

Boordy Vineyards is one of 20 registered to ship.

“We have a lot of room for growth here. It’s a way to reach new people,” said Franchot.

It also will bring additional tax dollars into the state.

The state expects to gain 70,000 to 75,000 dollars the first year, with increasing revenue every year after that.

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