SAN DIEGO- Police say a San Diego club owner is serving Japanese sake after hours and it’s legal.
On the 5th Avenue next to a hookah bar, an after hours club serves rice wine into the wee morning hours — 4 a.m. to be exact.
The club owner studied a obscure paragraph in the liquor code and determined he could sell different types of rice wine past the normal 2 a.m. last-call time.
The code reads, “Beer means any alcoholic beverage obtained by the fermentation of any infusion barley, malt, hops, or any other similar product … but does not include sake, known as Japanese rice wine.”
“There is always an exception to the exception,” said attorney Tom Gallagher. “There will certainly be a lot of other business owners looking at it, but they have to be willing to take a big risk as well.”
Law enforcement officers who brought attention to the loophole say they walk by the after hours club, hear the partying and just continue down the street.