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.

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April 28, 2021 47 min
Utah's DABC commission forfeited the license of Bountiful's only bar after a paperwork problem that lasted for 18 years. Meanwhile, they granted leniency to a number of bars and restaurants struggling with the impact of COVID-19, including staffing shortages and construction delays.On the latest episode of "Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast" produced by FOX 13 and The Salt Lake Tribune, we solicited your qu...
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It was another month of fighting for limited licenses. The DABC commission had two of the highly-coveted bar licenses and three applicants for them, so people had to beg and plead.On the latest episode of "Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast" produced by FOX 13 and The Salt Lake Tribune, we also talk to newly-confirmed DABC Executive Director Tiffany Clason. She details the paperwork nightmare of the agency and outli...
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February 26, 2021 17 min
Three things are certain in life here in Utah: Death, taxes and a bill in the state legislature on alcohol policy.On the latest episode of "Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast" produced by FOX 13 and The Salt Lake Tribune, we interview Rep. Timothy Hawkes, R-Centerville, who is tasked by the Republican majority with running alcohol bills. He breaks down the latest bill (and reveals the fate of ordering liquor online)...
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The 2021 Utah State Legislature is about to get under way, and you can expect yet another liquor bill. On the latest episode of "Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast" produced by FOX 13 and The Salt Lake Tribune, we preview the legislative session and what bills you can expect ("to-go" cocktails, bar licenses and budget). We've got an update on Pappy Van Winkle, the highly coveted bourbon, showing up in st...
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December 31, 2020 34 min
Big changes are coming to Utah's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.Executive director Sal Petilos retired as a new administration is moving in. Governor-elect Spencer Cox has tapped Tiffany Clason, a former staffer for Congressman Ben McAdams, to lead Utah's alcohol control agency. She has a resume that includes food and beverage industry experience in London, and political experience working for Republicans and Demo...
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December 9, 2020 19 min
It's no secret that Utah's hospitality industry has been hurting in the COVID-19 pandemic — more than 450 restaurants and bars have closed since it began in March.On the latest episode of "Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast" produced by FOX 13 and The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake County Council member Shireen Ghorbani talks about the efforts she and others are making to try to pressure lawmakers and Congress...
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November 25, 2020 42 min
Post Malone is a Utah treasure, and now he's got a coveted wine. On the latest episode of "Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast" produced by FOX 13 and The Salt Lake Tribune, Kathy Stephenson recaps the mad hunt for the Utah rapper's rosé, Maison No. 9. (And if you get a bottle, give us a shout to tell us how it is!)We recap another DABC commission meeting where a lot of people still haven't figured out ho...
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Amanda Smith had a reputation as a fair and pragmatic member of one of Utah's most powerful commissions. As a Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner, she had to weigh some tough decisions on what businesses get coveted bar licenses and which ones would close.On the latest episode of "Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast" produced by FOX 13 and The Salt Lake Tribune, Smith talks about what it wa...
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Did you know that in Utah, churches that serve sacramental wine as a part of communion are required to be licensed by the state? Utah's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has a 17-page document that churches must fill out and the pastor has to undergo a criminal background check. On the latest episode of "Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast" produced by FOX 13 and The Salt Lake Tribune, we talk to Rev. Tyle...
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Utah bars and restaurants are in danger of going under.A critical deadline looms on Aug. 31 for bar licenses to be renewed. Utah's alcohol control agency says 59 bar licenses have not yet been renewed and that could be a sign of economic trouble for the hospitality industry.Also on "Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast," FOX 13's Ben Winslow and The Salt Lake Tribune's Kathy Stephenson talk to Rep. Timothy...
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August 13, 2020 22 min
Utah's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has provided FOX 13 with its annual list of top selling alcohols in the state. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the closure of so many bars and restaurants, there's been a shakeup. Beers also saw some changes because 3.2 beer went away. On "Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast" produced by FOX 13 and The Salt Lake Tribune, DABC spokesman Terry Wood goes down ...
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Utah's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control hits a significant milestone in liquor sales. The DABC has another dramatic meeting with alcohol control commissioners refusing to hand out bar licenses. Plus, the conservative city of Provo is set to allow breweries in after a citizen referendum to keep them out fails to make it on the November ballot. We talk to Provo City Council member Shannon Ellsworth about it. See omnystud...
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July 14, 2020 21 min
It's no secret that bars and restaurants have been struggling during COVID-19. With new health directives that include fewer people, face coverings and other things, many are struggling just to stay afloat. In a post on Twitter, the owners of Quarters Arcade Bar in downtown Salt Lake City called on Governor Gary Herbert to allow the sale of "to-go" cocktails in Utah, like other states have done. It sparked a big respons...
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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 30, 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! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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