Cheers! 1st drink in 81 years sold in formerly dry town



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BRIDGEWATER, Conn. (AP) — A simple plastic cup of beer has made history by being the first alcoholic drink sold in a small Connecticut town in 81 years.

The affluent bedroom community of Bridgewater had been the last dry town in the state until residents approved alcohol sales in 2014.

The News-Times (http://bit.ly/2b9uUWz ) reports that the first booze sold in town since 1935 was a cup of beer purchased Friday at the Bridgewater Country Fair.

Bridgewater native and volunteer firefighter Jim Lillis took the first sip before passing the cup to other firefighters and fair volunteers who gathered for the ceremonial sale.

Voters legalized alcohol sales two years ago as developers proposed restaurants in the western Connecticut town of 1,700 residents on the condition that they could sell booze. No restaurants have opened yet.

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