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Four Bozeman bars fail alcohol compliance checks

Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:48:46 PM MST
Updated On: Dec 18 2013 11:12:13 PM MST
Alcohol Coalition addresses drinking issues in Bozeman
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

The following is a press release from the Bozeman Police Department:

On Saturday, December 14, 2013, the Bozeman Police Department partnered with the Montana State University Police Department to conduct alcohol compliance checks at 20 area businesses.  In each check, a 20 year old underage female without any identification entered the business and ordered an alcoholic beverage.

Sixteen of the businesses were in full compliance and refused to sell her a drink when she was unable to provide identification.

Employees from four of the businesses sold the underage person alcohol, either without asking for identification or not verifying legal age.  In these instances, the clerk/server were issued citations for Unlawful Sale of Alcohol to a Minor.

Employees from the following businesses were issued related citations:

Plonk, 29 E. Main St.
American Legion, 225 E. Main St.
Fin, 211 E. Main St.
Bar IX, 311 E. Main St.

A large majority of the businesses checked were in full compliance with the laws regarding underage drinking.  They did not allow the teenager to purchase alcohol, refusing service when she was unable to provide proof of legal age.  We applaud the continued good work of these licensed establishments.  Those found in compliance were:

Town Pump East, 803 E. Main St.
Exxon East Main, 1211 E. Main St.
Pour House, 15 N. Rouse Ave.
Zebra Bar, 321 E. Main St.
317 Bar, 321 E. Main St.
Conoco, 621 W. Main St.
Molly Brown Bar, 703 W. Babcock St.
Scoop Bar, 712 W. Main St.
Bow River Burgers, 1625 W. Main St.
Hide a Way Liquor Store, 1625 W. Main St.
Bacchus Pub, 105 W. Main St.
Teds Montana Grill, 105 W. Main St.
Cannery Bar, 43 W. Main St.
Copper Whiskey Bar and Grill, 101 W. Main
Crystal Bar, 123 E. Main St.
R Bar, 211 E. Main St.

With support from the DUI Task Force, local law enforcement conducts these checks to help remind businesses with alcohol licenses to be responsible.  While this focus is on not serving underage drinkers, it also helps remind business owners to be responsible in other areas, to include not over-serving intoxicated patrons and helping to prevent intoxicated persons from driving home.   In this time of holiday cheer, it's important that all of us do our part to celebrate responsibly.

Particular credit is given to Bozeman Officers Bachich and Lusby and MSU Officer Doner for their role in this enforcement effort.  We also thank our un-named 20 year old female whose assistance is very much appreciated.


NBC Montana spoke to Ted's Montana Grill, one of the businesses who passed the compliance test, they said their managers are always on the lookout for these kinds of situations.

"We had a young girl come in, ask for an alcoholic beverage," said Jennifer Scytkowski, a manager at Ted's Montana Grill. "We asked for the ID. The girl felt all over looking, looking, looking, said she didn't have her ID. My bartender kindly said, 'well if you find it, you can come back and order a drink, I will not serve you a drink without the valid identification.'"

We also spoke to the manager at the American Legion Bar, one of the four who served to the underage drinker. They said the girl snuck past their bouncer as he was taking out the garbage.

They said that they are planning to change their policies, with two bouncers at the door and a hand-stamp system to prevent something like this from happening again.