The Beehive State’s 3.2 beer law is finally on the way out after 86 years. FOX 13 reports Gov. Gary Herbert signed SB132 which will make higher-alcohol brews available in grocery and convenience stores effective Nov. 1 2019.
“Increasing permissible alcohol content in beer to 4.0% by weight is a measured response to changes in the national marketplace, We think the transition will go rather smoothly. And obviously, there’s still some issues, but I don’t think they’ll be substantially difficult.” –Herbert spokesman Paul Edwards
The new law will be an early Christmas gift for Utah drinkers that like a bit higher octane brewski but Utah will still have one of America’s strictest alcohol limits. 18 states have limitations on alcohol content for beer and wine sold in grocery and convenience stores. The average limit is 12.4 percent ABV as compared to Utah which will be raising it to 4%.
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In this file photo, HandleBar co-owner, David Morris and bar manager, Ryan Stapley, left, tests the placement of a Guinness beer tap. Morris and other Utah bar owners have boycotted selling Red Rock beer after the brewery’s owner told a Utah House committee that allowing grocery stores to sell high alcohol content beer would make it easier for people to overconsume. Morris believes the comments were hypocritical since Red Rock Brewing sells full-strength beer at its restaurants. (Photo by Leah Hogsten) #sltribphotos #handlebar #redrockbrewery #utahbeer