3.2 beer

As November begins Utah’s beer drinkers are welcoming in drinks with alcohol content above 3.2%.

Terry Wood, Public Information Officer with the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control says the organization did their best to move the 3.2% beer out of the state liquor stores before the state legislatures-imposed deadline of Halloween. The deadline was to prevent competition with the state liquor store and commercial beer sellers. Wood said they moved a lot of product with signs in the liquor stores and dropping prices dramatically.

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The state Senate gave final passage Thursday to a bill that would raise the alcohol limit of grocery and convenience store beer from 3.2% to 4%—with a few added conditions. 

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With one day to go in this year’s legislative session, Utah lawmakers reached a compromise deal to increase the amount of alcohol available in beer in grocery and convenience stores. 

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A bill that would raise the alcohol content of beer in grocery and convenience stores from 3.2% to 4.8% was replaced Wednesday by a bill that creates a task force to study the availability and distribution of beer.

Senate Bill 132 sponsor Sen. Jerry Stevenson remarked that he was surprised the bill was being heard in the House Health and Human Services Committee because he views it as a commerce bill—not an alcohol bill. He figured it was for one reason: to kill the bill.