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Jimmy Buffett's home state ends ban on Margarita pitchers

Associated Press logo Associated Press 7/13/2017 By JAY REEVES, Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Welcome back to Margaritaville: Singer Jimmy Buffett's childhood home is backing off a short-lived ban on the sale of pitchers of the tequila-infused drink he made famous.

The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board announced an end to the pitcher prohibition on Thursday, a day after al.com published a column criticizing the moratorium. The topic quickly gained traction on the Internet.

The agency denies changing its mind because of publicity. Spokesman Dean Argo says the reversal was already under consideration.

Margaritas — both the frozen and on-the-rocks version — are particularly popular in Mexican restaurants. But some stopped selling them in June on orders from the state agency.

Argo says the brief ban was based on a new interpretation of an old rule that makes it illegal to "adulterate" alcohol.

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