In Idaho, this means going to a state-ran liquor store.
In California, you can buy liquor at grocery stores, gas stations, and specialty shops. Not the case here. For hard booze, you're at the mercy of the state.
And when the liquor store closes at 7pm on weekdays and is closed on Sundays, it becomes quite a pain.
Not to mention the higher markups and taxes. I'm paying about 25% more than I did in California for the same stuff...
However, there are some entertaining aspects in the Idaho stores that you don't find in California.
The "Smile, your on camera" signs posted every five feet are a nice touch. I was tempted to ask about my 'on camera', since I don't have one. Maybe they're free with purchase??
A good and bad thing is the variety. You're extremely limited in what the state offers, but they do have some out-of-the-ordinary selections.
Banana rum? Check.
Mashmallow flavored vodka? Check (and AMAZING).
But the best of all...
As awesome as this is, I didn't buy it. I want to sample it before I plunk down $30. Luckily I was told of a few bars in the area that stock Bakon, so I'll have to go try it out.
Bakon Vodka: Once again, proving that EVERYTHING can be improved with bacon. No exceptions. At all.