We've got two examples of drinking cities addressing underage boozing in totally different ways. Willmar or Madison? We'll take Madison, please.
Willmar just passed a "social host" ordinance to hold party hosts accountable for underage drinking in their home, according to Minnesota Public Radio. The host can be under age or of legal drinking age because the ordinance focuses on providing a place to drink illegally.
Under the ordinance, the homeowner could be over or under 21 years old. But if there's underage drinking at their residence, they could be charged.
The Willmar ordinance is modeled after one in Chaska, which was passed after a 19-year-old left a party last winter, passed out and froze to death on a city street.
Willmar kiddos, you're out of luck. But who really lives there anyway?
But Madison on the other hand...
Yes, our favorite binge drinking state that also includes the best party school in country is at it again. This time it's drinking for class! Yes, students will learn to truly appreciate beer now instead of guzzling it through two-story beer bongs.
University of Wisconsin-Madison is offering a beer brewing class and students are scrambling to sign up.
According to the Chicago Tribune:
Jon Roll, an instructor at the University of Wisconsin, wants to make one thing clear about a new course creating buzz on the Madison campus.
"This is not a course to help kids go out and slam beers on Friday night," he said.
Interest in the course springs from the region's long history of making beer. The course, in the university's bacteriology department, will focus on fermentation rather than consumption.
"The students will sample it and critique it," Roll said. "But beyond that we'll probably dump any excess. We have absolutely no plans to distribute or sell it."