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Monroe liquor license suspended in ‘Twisted Tea’ sale

April 4, 2019

MONROE - A Main Street package store will serve a one-day liquor license suspension on April 29 after selling “Twisted Tea” to a minor, state liquor control authorities said.

The Monroe Spirit Shop at 176 Main St. was the subject of a compliance check by agents from the state Department of Consumer Protection Liquor Control Division and local police on Nov. 16, according to reports.

During the operation, a liquor control agent walked into the shop followed by an 18-year-old who was working with Monroe police, the report said. The teen was carrying a valid driver’s license which stated his date of birth and the fact that he was under 21, but was able to purchase a six-pack of “Twisted Tea,” the agent said.

The store’s owner, Pablo Quezada, 30, of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., asked for the teen’s identification, looked at the license and then rang up the purchase, the agent said.

The teen turned the liquor over to police after he walked out of the shop.

When confronted with the sale, Quezada told the agent that he had looked at the identification quickly, the report said.

The store was fined $500 and will have its liquor license suspended for one day on April 29 as a result of the sale, agents said.