Illustration by Rob Ullman. Text by Chad Anderson
This month, the final element of a trio of “revenue enhancements” approved by the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control goes into effect, increasing the price of liquor by as much as 30 cents for an average bottle at its stores across the state. It’s a bummer, to be sure, for anyone who enjoys mixing a cocktail at home, but we thought we’d put the pain in perspective with a look at some other highs and lows for Virginia’s liquor lovers over the decades. Viewed in that light, the price increases might be a little easier to stomach.