Mountain Money - June 1, 2020

Jun 1, 2020

Listen to Mountain Money as the hosts speak with Jon Lauer and Rachel Rose from Bryn Mawr vineyards.  Jon and Rachel will talk about interruptions to their business from COVID-19 and the outlook for summer tourism in their area of Oregon. (1:40)  Rob Southworth, with the DABC, joins Mountain Money to discuss alcohol sales over the past three months and the decision by the DABC to reduce 16% of the brands they carry in the state liquor stores. (24:11) The final guests are Adam and Meisha Ross with Twisted Fern.

With Wasatch and Summit Counties moving from an "orange" to "yellow” risk this week, the change will affect the state liquor stores in the two counties. 

Both Summit and Wasatch counties are now considered to be at low risk based on the state’s COVID-19 assessment and businesses are slowly opening.

According to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control spokesman Terry Wood, the color change will affect the four state liquor stores Park City area and Heber City.


Despite Summit County's Order to residents to stay at home to stop the spread of COVID-19, the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control says its stores will remain open.  

Summit County and Utah County residents will have less time for purchasing their beer, wine, alcoholic beverages, libations, strong drink ingredients and/or spirits, starting tomorrow.  All state liquor stores starting Thursday,  will open at noon and close at 7:00 PM from 3/19/2020 - 4/1/2020.     

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.


If Park City’s Smith’s grocery store gets its way, you’ll be able to stop and have a beer while shopping in the store. The Department of Alcoholic Beverages Commission will consider the application at its next meeting in October. 

Bonanza Campout, an indie rock, electronic and hip-hop music festival, is preparing for its fourth edition of the show at the end of June. However, this year the festival will not be selling alcohol.

At Tuesday’s Commission meeting of the State’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control—or DABC—the Bonanza Campout organizers appealed an earlier decision by the department’s director to deny an event permit. The commission also ruled to deny the permit.

As Utahn’s rung in the new year many did so with a drink in hand. A confluence of economic and population growth made it so Utahns spent more money on alcohol to end the year than ever before.

Terry Wood, Director of Communications at the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control reports that the five retail days leading up to New Years, Utah State Liquor stores had $11.5 million in sales. That’s nearly one million dollars more than last year an increase of 9.3%.


The Dining Club liquor license is going away and the new law requiring restaurants to declare they are a bar or a restaurant takes effect on July 1.  Legislators have told KPCW they realize some Park City businesses will have difficulty meeting the new requirements. Carolyn Murray has this:

New Alcohol Laws Cause Concerns For Restaurateurs

Jun 15, 2018
Shabu- Park City

In 2017 the Utah Legislature passed an Alcohol Amendment Bill that eliminated the Dining Club Liquor License category.  It takes effect July 1st.  Restaurant and Bar owners who previously held the Dining Club license, which allowed for alcohol service, have been forced to change their business model to accommodate the new law. Many Restaurateurs have found it complicated and cumbersome and they’re worried about the long term effects the new law will have on business. Carolyn Murray has this:

Alcohol Beverage Control Board Has New Member

Oct 9, 2017
State Liquor Store Park City

A Park City attorney has been appointed as the newest member of the Utah Department of Alcohol Beverage Control, known as the DABC.  He’s one of seven board members and his term runs through 2021.  Carolyn Murray has this:  


The Park Silly Sunday Market is going to be without wine and hard liquor for two of its remaining days.  KPCW’s Renai Bodley has that story.

State regulators have issued Starbucks a liquor license that will allow the company to start serving beer and wine at some of its Utah stores, including Park City’s Park Avenue store.

The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control issued the license for five stores in Salt Lake City, Holladay, Farmington, Lehi and Park City.

Starbucks will be able to start its wine and beer service after the five stores are remodeled to accommodate larger kitchen and food preparation areas and a state-mandated liquor dispensing area.


Park City staff is meeting once again with the developers of Treasure Hill and will be rebuilding the historic wall outside the KPCW studios. KPCW's Leslie Thatcher has more.