Utah Booze News

Utah Booze News

A deep dive into Utah's quirky and often-ridiculed alcohol laws with reporters Ben Winslow from Fox 13 KSTU-TV and Kathy Stephenson with The Salt Lake Tribune.... Show More

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July 2, 2020 26 min
COVID-19 continues to impact the state (and the world). On the latest episode of "Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast," we recap the latest meeting of the DABC commission. The agency continues to make a lot of money as the pandemic goes on and now it's mandating face coverings in all state-run liquor stores.We also talk to Kelly Howard and Camille Howard, the proprietors of Prohibition in Murray. When the pandemi...
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June 17, 2020 34 min
Utah's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has a problem. The agency is reporting an 86% employee turnover with low wages being one of the biggest reasons why. It's gotten so bad, the DABC went to the legislature to ask for a new funding mechanism. The agency makes hundreds of millions of dollars for the state, but doesn't actually control its own budget (the legislature does). Some want a cut of the sales, while ...
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Unlike a lot of places, Utah's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is not struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, they're still turning a profit from all the people drinking at home. On the latest episode of "Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast," FOX 13's Ben Winslow and The Salt Lake Tribune's Kathy Stephenson recap the latest socially-distant meeting of the DABC commission and the upc...
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April 29, 2020 27 min
Utah's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control carried out its first-ever virtual meeting with dozens attending and quite a few who didn't know how to use the "mute" button. On the latest episode of "Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast" produced by FOX 13 and The Salt Lake Tribune, DABC spokesman Terry Wood talks about the agency's record-breaking liquor sales, hazard pay for store employees de...
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Everything is "virtual" these days, and so are we. Our tiny studio doesn't allow for social distancing, so "Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast" is being taped over the interwebs. On this episode, we recap the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission's first-ever "virtual" meeting. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact Utah's bars and restaurants, with more closures an...
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March 23, 2020 30 min
Working from home? Washing your hands frequently? Exercising appropriate social distancing? This episode is for YOU! As you do your part to help "flatten the curve" of coronavirus, so are we. The latest episode of "Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast" may sound a little different. That's because we recorded it using an online meeting platform so we don't have to be in the tiny studio we normally use ...
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The Utah State Legislature is in session and you’d better believe there are alcohol bills! On the latest episode of Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast, FOX 13's Ben Winslow and The Salt Lake Tribune’s Kathy Stephenson discuss all the liquor bills and how the legislative sausage gets made!
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January 29, 2020 35 min
A bill that would legalize "wine of the month" clubs in Utah may not get too far in the Utah State Legislature. In an interview on "Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast" produced by FOX 13 and The Salt Lake Tribune, the senator tasked by the Republican majority with running liquor bills expressed a little doubt about the future of the bill. Sen. Jerry Stevenson, R-Layton, also talked about liquor bills he...
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January 16, 2020 26 min
The state of Utah is considering building multi-story liquor stores as space becomes a premium along the Wasatch Front. Appearing on "Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast," produced by FOX 13 and The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control deputy director Cade Meier addressed criticism of long lines by Senate Minority Leader Karen Mayne, D-West Valley City, and revealed that a number of new liquor...
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Utah is wrapping up its first year under the nation's toughest anti-drunk driving law. The state rang in 2019 with .05 as the new blood alcohol level for DUI. So what's been the actual impact of .05? Utah Highway Patrol Colonel Michael Rapich joins FOX 13's Ben Winslow and The Salt Lake Tribune's Kathy Stephenson with a look at some of the early numbers and what officers are seeing on the streets as a result of our...
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December 19, 2019 18 min
Tiki drinks are back! So proclaims Ivy Earnest, the owner of the "Boozetique" who started her alcohol-accessories shop in downtown Salt Lake City because state-run liquor stores legally can't sell corkscrews.
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December 5, 2019 35 min
It was on this day in 1933 that Utah (yes, Utah!) cast the deciding vote to repeal Prohibition. “Utah Swings Nation to Repeal as Wet Forces Lose 2 States” proclaimed The Salt Lake Tribune.
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November 27, 2019 19 min
Where the kids are getting their alcohol might surprise you.
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November 13, 2019 23 min
Utah is on strange new legal ground after a judge allowed a Salt Lake City bar to serve alcohol under a court order. In this episode of “Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast,” FOX 13’s Ben Winslow and The Salt Lake Tribune’s Kathy Stephenson talk about that and how “Beer Day” went with 3.2 beer going away.
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We’re on the eve of an historic change in Utah liquor laws with 3.2 beer finally circling the drain and heavier brews moving in. But a new problem has emerged: Utah’s running out of bar licenses.
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On the latest episode of “Utah’s Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast,” The Salt Lake Tribune’s Kathy Stephenson is back from her vacation (where she saw -- gasp! -- wine on grocery store shelves!), while FOX 13's Ben Winslow recaps the first meeting of the Beer Availability Work Group as 3.2 beer begins to circle the drain. By Nov. 1, grocery and convenience stores will begin selling heavier beers. Beer-makers have predicted...
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On the latest episode of “Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast,” Utah’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is considering whether to allow a tavern to be built inside a grocery store. The DABC is also reviewing a legal opinion on women going topless and whether it impacts our longstanding rule about strippers wearing pasties.The DABC also tells us where the White Claw is and what’s going to replace heavy beers that are ...
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September 10, 2019 23 min
Get ready for a purge of 3.2 beer brands from Utah grocery and convenience store shelves. Interview with Kate Bradshaw of the Responsible Beer Choice Coalition.
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Utah’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control continues to make record-breaking amounts of money, reporting a significant sales increase year-to-date. On the latest episode of “Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast,” FOX 13's Ben Winslow and The Salt Lake Tribune’s Kathy Stephenson also speak with Resh Jefferies, an attorney at the law firm Siegfried & Jensen, on a new study they did ranking states on their strictn...
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Barton Vodka is the biggest selling alcohol in Utah, according to new numbers provided by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. In an interview on “Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast” produced by FOX 13 and The Salt Lake Tribune, DABC spokesman Terry Wood revealed what the top selling beer, wine and spirits are for the past fiscal year. 
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