The title of this week’s column is an homage to a December 2006 LC Watch. Why? Because the subject matter is almost identical; only the date and a few details have changed.
Here’s what happened back in 2006: Adjudication Board member Joe Tanaka was questioning Sean McDaniel, owner of Henry’s Bar & Grill, about the particulars of a case that involved shots of Jagermeister. Specifically, Tanaka wanted to know what a shot of Jager was and if it had alcohol in it. McDaniels answered, quite plainly: “It’s an herbal liqueur.”
Seems like a member of an agency tasked with regulating the sale and consumption of alcohol should have already known that, but fine—lesson learned.
Or not. At the most recent meeting of the Adjudication Board, held August 6, the lone case on the docket—a charge of over-serving against Mulligan’s at the Wharf—again involved, among many other things, Jagermeister. And again Tanaka, who has also served on the Liquor Commission, asked what Jager was and what its alcohol content was. This time, he got his answer from Director Frank Silva, who offered a brief explanation of the intricacies of a Jager Bomb, adding that the drink is “terrible—or so they tell me.”
We’re not expecting every member of the board to have an encyclopedic knowledge of booze. But fer cryin’ out loud, Joe—you had almost three years to get this straight. Maui Time Weekly, Jacob Shafer