Sharing a Dram

If your generosity doesn't extend to checking IDs, you might put yourself and your cigar shop at legal risk for having served alcohol to under-age patrons.

Interesting life lesson. A few weeks ago, while I sat enthroned in an overstuffed leather chair at my local cigar lounge, I overheard one of the regulars offer a younger fellow a pour from his bottle of whiskey.

The young man expressed gratitude for the generosity, but then said, “Unfortunately, I’m not old enough.”

Whoops.

In Michigan, you must be 18 to smoke and 21 to drink. That leaves a three-year gap between vices. Many cigar lounges provide a welcoming, jovial environment for guys (and some gals!) to sit around, smoke a fine cigar and get one’s tipple on.

Just remember: If your generosity doesn’t extend to checking IDs, you might put yourself and your cigar shop at legal risk for having served alcohol to under-age patrons.

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Jason is the principal of Gillikin Consulting, a business-media and ethics consultancy based in Grand Rapids, Mich.