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More states are turning away from requiring low-point beer—or beer with 3.2 percent alcohol by weight—in grocery and convenience stores. Lawmakers, store owners and the state’s liquor control agency are wondering what will happen to Utah’s beer market if big breweries like Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors decide to end production of low-point beer because demand is shrinking.

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A new audit found millions of dollars in reporting errors at the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The report sparked another debate over resources and oversight of the DABC.

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Many of the new laws passed during this year’s legislative session take effect Tuesday. That includes some changes to Utah’s liquor laws,with which business owners in the food and drink industry are still coming to terms.

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Gov. Gary Herbert has signed a bill to overhaul the state’s liquor laws. Meanwhile, state regulators are already preparing to work through the changes.

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Sales at Utah liquor stores have been climbing steadily for years, and they’re set to break records again for 2016.

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A new audit of the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control highlights some slight improvements—and continuing problems—at the agency.

Committee Puts A Hold On Zion Curtain Bill

Feb 16, 2016
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Members of the Utah Senate Business and Labor Committee voted Tuesday to put several alcohol related bills on hold, including one that would remove the so-called “Zion Curtain” from restaurants.

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s state budget office has made a list of recommendations to shape up the state’s liquor agency. The recommendations are intended to deal with declining employee morale and poor management of inventory and distribution in Utah liquor stores.

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Utah liquor officials say they're not ready to give a brandy distillery special permission to sell mini-bottles of liquor. Instead they want state lawmakers to step in and settle Utah's complex alcohol-sampling laws.

A financial audit released Tuesday shows Utah’s state-run liquor agency staff need more training in customer service and accounting.

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Utah’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has been embroiled in controversy over inventory management and low morale. But Governor Gary Herbert said Thursday he’s comfortable with the way things are going now.

It's Now Legal to Sell a Utah Liquor License

Jul 1, 2014

  Starting today, it’s legal for bar or restaurant owners to sell their liquor licenses in Utah.  KUER’s Dan Bammes reports the change is meant to keep transactions above board.

The Transfer of License Act was passed by the Utah legislature three years ago.  The sponsor was Republican State Senator John Valentine, who says the idea was to stop the under-the-table transactions that often accompanied the sale of a business.

DABC Approves Snowbird’s Oktoberfest Liquor Permit

Jun 24, 2014
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There will be beer at Snowbird’s Oktoberfest after all. Commissioners with the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control approved a single-event permit for the festival Tuesday, but the discussion around Utah’s liquor laws is not over. 

Legislature Questions DABC About Permitting Changes

Jun 16, 2014
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Members of the Utah legislature questioned the director of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Monday over the board’s decision to change the way they review single event permit applications.

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The state liquor commission may not let Snowbird Ski Resort serve beer at its annual Oktoberfest this year. The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control board laid out tighter guidelines this week for granting single-event permits to businesses. Snowbird’s General Manager argues that move could affect business as well as the community.

KUER News Pod: Monday December 10, 2012

Dec 10, 2012

Salt Lake City’s new public safety building nears completion, the Utah Attorney General’s Office lets two former DABC executives off the hook, and Utah State basketball player Danny Berger is released from the hospital.