Can Kids in Michigan Buy and Drink Non-Alcoholic Beer Legally?
Recently actress Kristen Bell has been taking heat online for allowing her children to buy and drink non-alcoholic beer to consume.
It all started when her husband Dax Sheppard started his addiction recovery and started to have them around the house. She was quoted by the Daily Mail saying that Dax would "pop one open, he'd have [our oldest daughter] on his chest, and we'd walk and look at the sunset."
She later in the interview went on to add, "As a baby she was pawing at it, and sometimes she'd suck on the rim of it. So I think it feels to her like something special, something daddy, something family."
So after posting this online, a lot of parents have agreed and disagreed with her decision to allow her children to drink and order alcoholic beer when they're out to eat. Meanwhile, others argue that since it's not real beer, it shouldn't be a big deal.
She says, quote, "You can judge me if you want, I'm not doing anything wrong. Like that's your problem." But, is that true? What are the rules here in Michigan?
Can anyone under the age of 21 buy non-alcoholic beer in Michigan?
According to Michigan state code, non-alcohol beer and wines which contain less than ½ of 1% of alcohol may only be sold to those 18 years of age and over.
Just because it's called "non-alcoholic beer" doesn't mean that it is completely free of alcohol. The process of making it does allow some alcohol to still exist due to the fermenting process.
So, while it may seem harmless to allow them to be like "mom and dad", it turns out there is a little harm to be had.
So, until they're 18 maybe it's best to stick with root beer or something else fun that's safe for kids, and teach them about the responsibility that comes with being allowed to drink when you're old enough and able.