Talk:Speight's

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"Dunedin has a public bylaw that prevents the drinking of alcohol in the main streets of the city." Not a correction as such, but to expand: many local governments have similar bylaws, usually only applicable during major public celebrations such as New Year's Eve and in family-friendly places like parks and beaches. Interestingly, a similar New Zealand law has since been enacted to apply year-round and to the country as a whole... despite a typo discovered just as Parliament were to vote on it, which -- instead of making the obvious consumption of alcohol in public places illegal, as was the intention -- effectively even carrying alcohol from a store to your vehicle for transport to a private residence became illegal. As the law needed to be passed quickly to be in force for an upcoming holiday season, Parliament chose not to amend the wording and passed the law as written; however the Police were directed not to enforce the law literally as the effect would be to close down the (tax cash-cow!) liquor sales industry overnight.

I disagree with the statement that the three stars come from the Otago Coat of Arms. If I recall correctly - the stars represent the supposed quality of the brews in the manner of the Scottish 60 shilling, 70 shilling, 80 shilling and 90 shilling designations. To support this contention I cite that in the now distant past, Speights brewed a 2 Star (Hokonui Ale), the 3 Star version, now so well known and on special occasions a 4 star bitter. They also once brewed a very popular 1072 lager (in 13 1/3rd ounce bottles (375mL), which was a delight to taste. Sadly, no longer. 47.72.47.167 (talk) 05:26, 27 November 2016 (UTC) M. Paterson