Several years ago, alcohol merchants began to look to rural Kentucky as a market for their products. Local restaurateurs, grocery store owners, and entrepreneurs began to have dollar signs dance in their brains. So the vote was put to the people, and in most communities the people said no.
Then the Kentucky General Assembly got involved and they began to tinker with the wet-dry law. One of the new versions involved precinct voting and the establishment of local wineries. If the voter in a precinct would grant permission, a local entrepreneur could plant grape vines, brew his own wines, and sell the product in his establishment. The voters were told that this would help local farmers, who would plant lots of grape vines. There were told that this would stimulate tourism, and that all would profit from the venture.
So the voters in the precinct where the Old Crow Inn is located voted to approve this and the Boyle County-Danville Planning and Zoning Commission voted to allow the inn to sell locally produced wine as an agricultural product. What the voter was not told was that the Inn could sell wine produced in places other than that produced on the Old Crow property. Now the voter finds that the Old Crow Inn is selling beer by the case. So what was sold to the public as a way to help the farmer and tourism has evolved into nothing more than a package liquor store.