UTAH

State liquor stores reduce prices on certain beers to sell them before they’d have to destroy them

Oct 24, 2019, 5:46 PM | Updated: Oct 25, 2019, 5:33 am
(Some of the beers the state will still be able to sell after Nov. 1.  Photo: Paul Nelson)...
(Some of the beers the state will still be able to sell after Nov. 1. Photo: Paul Nelson)
(Some of the beers the state will still be able to sell after Nov. 1. Photo: Paul Nelson)

SALT LAKE CITY – They say they don’t want to do it, but, officials with the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control say they may have to destroy beer that’s currently too heavy to sell at convenience stores.  They’re dropping prices to unload as much as they can before the end of the month.

This all stems from the new law that allows convenience stores to sell beer that is 5% alcohol by weight or lower.  That rule kicks into effect on November first.  However, when grocery chains and convenience stores can sell that kind of beer, the state liquor stores will no longer be able to.  So, any beer 5% or lower remaining on state shelves will have to be destroyed by the beginning of next month.

Utah DABC Spokesman Terry Wood says it conjures up images of prohibition.

“Remember the guys pouring the big kegs down the sewer lines out in the street?” Wood asks.

Why does it have to be destroyed?  Why can’t the state just give it away or send it back to the manufacturer?

Wood responds, “That’s the Utah law.  We can’t give it back to the distributor.  We can’t get credit for it.  We can’t take it over to the grocery and convenience stores and say, ‘here.’”

Even if the state was allowed to give the beer to other stores, Wood isn’t convinced the store owners would want it.  He says shopkeepers wouldn’t be able to verify the quality of the beer and they wouldn’t know how well it was stored.  It’s the same reason why the state isn’t allowed to take beer or wine back after it has been sold.

“We don’t know if somebody has had in the trunk of their car for six months, or so,” Wood says.

Officials estimate they won’t have a lot of this kind of beer leftover by the end of October.  Still, they’d rather sell it than dump it.  Woods says they’re reducing the prices of this kind of beer starting Friday.

“We cannot sell below cost.  That’s by law in Utah, too.  But, the discounts will drop down to, maybe, some of them will be just above cost,” he says.

Today’s Top Stories

Utah

Photo of Riverton Police, the ones who sent out the amber alert, vehicle...
Mark Jones

8-year-old boy struck by car in Riverton, suffers head injury

Riverton police an 8-year-old boy suffered a head injury Friday night after a collision with a vehicle. The boy was transported to Primary Children's Hospital.
22 hours ago
Utah deadliest days UHP investigates double fatal accident....
Mark Jones

One person dead in three-vehicle crash in southern Utah

The Utah Highway Patrol reports that one person died Friday following a three-vehicle crash in southern Utah. One other person was transported to the hospital with injuries.
22 hours ago
Herbert Cox statement Reyes election lawsuit...
Mark Jones

State of Utah files lawsuit against pharmaceutical retailers

Three pharmaceutical retailers are facing a lawsuit from the State of Utah. The lawsuit was filed the week of July 1.
22 hours ago
Two people have been gored by bison at Yellowstone National Park in less than a week. An expert at ...
Mark Jones

Expert says to give bison their space and distance

An expert at Antelope Island State Park says bison need to be given their space and distance. This message comes after two people were gored by bison at Yellowstone National Park
22 hours ago
The National Weather Service of Salt Lake City says there is a red flag warning in effect for Weste...
Lindsay Aerts

Fourth of July weekend weather conditions ripe for fires

The National Weather Service of Salt Lake City says there is a red flag warning in effect for Western Utah. It warns that many fires are human caused.
22 hours ago
Salt Lake County is working to make sure its golf courses don't use as much water in the drought....
Martha Harris

Salt Lake County says it has decreased water-use on its golf courses

Salt Lake County says it has back water usage on its golf courses. The county says it has done by changing how they water.
22 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
State liquor stores reduce prices on certain beers to sell them before they’d have to destroy them