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Fight to change Oxford beer ordinance

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WATERFORD, Miss. (FOX13) -

With football season right around the corner, there is a new push to change the beer ordinance in Oxford, Miss. As the law stands now you can't find cold beer in the city unless you buy your brew at a bar.

It's a big enough deal that the folks out at the county line don't want the law changed in Oxford. See, if you can't pick up a cold six pack in Oxford, you certainly don't have to drive too far to find one. In some cases that's been going on for decades.

Betty Davis grocery Highway 7 Waterford Mississippi, known for among other things their barbecue.

"We call our self number one in barbecue" says Timothy Davis. "We specialize in BBQ, we do pulled pork, ribs, smoked turkey legs that's what's on the grill."

Folks come from all over for the BBQ at Betty Davis, but that's not the only reason they come here, they do another business at Betty's.

"We do ... last chance for cold beer," Timothy Davis laughs.

Twelve miles out of Oxford on Highway 7 the Davises have been doing business with cold beer by the six pack or by the case for 20 years. They hope the city of Oxford doesn't allow the sale of cold beer in convenience stores anytime soon.

"Well from a business standpoint we hope that never happens because we sell cold beer and we would like to keep selling here as much cold beer as we can here," Tim said.

Tim thinks he knows why cold beer sales aren't allowed in Oxford gas stations and convenience stores.

"I don't think they put it in place to stop them from drinking," he said. "I think they put it in place so they wouldn't be able to drink it at the time of sale, because with it warm they would have to put it on ice and wait until they get back home to drink it."

Davis also says Oxford's hot beer law has brought him business and it may have caused some taste buds on suds to change in a weird way in Oxford over the years.

"Since they been drinking it hot so long, a lot of them like it hot, they drink it hot, sometimes they come in here and ask if I got hot beer," Davis laughed. 

The issue is supposed to go before the Oxford Mayor and Board of Alderman on July 23, and may go to a vote in early August. If it passes you can still make the drive out to Betty Davis for the barbecue.

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