Utah is a wonderful state. The landscape is breathtaking, the weather is perfect, the people are nice, the food is highly underrated… pretty much everything about it great except for little thing… the booze.
In Utah, grocery stores, convenience stores, and even some restaurants can only sell beer that’s 3.2% alcohol by volume. The lightest beer you’ve ever seen and they’re more expensive than the regular stuff. If you want liquor or stronger beer you have to go to a special State-run store. Utah finally did away with that nonsense starting November 1st of this year, and the state upped their 3.2% limit to 5% ABV.
Sounds like good news, so what’s the problem?
Problem is, they dumped every single ounce of the lower ABV beer that they had left over. We’re talking thousands and thousands of gallons of delicious, perfectly fine, slightly less potent beer, right down the drain. According to the Associated Press, the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control disposed of $18,000 worth of beer this past Friday.
A moment of silence for the 275 cases that died in vain…
Our thoughts and prayers are with the brewers and their families as we try to make sense of this tragic act of violence.