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Growlers and beer to go might be a thing of the past in Utah – Gastronomic SLC

Breaking news today that might radically affect how Utah’s beer lovers buy their brews. Writing on their Facebook page today, The Bayou spoke about a new interpretation of the state’s liquor code which effectively makes many businesses beer to go operations invalid. The. business writes:

We have just received a letter from the DABC where they are letting us know we may not sell beer to go. We have sent a response explaining why we think their decision is misguided and look forward to a solution. Unfortunately, until we can sort this out, we can no longer sell beer to go.

Additionally The Bayou also provides the DABC’s letter sent to the business, addressing the seeming recent-re-evaluation of the states law on this type of sale. As part of the letter the DABC confirmed the following list permitted/non permitted sales activities by license type:

Bar

  • Beer 5% or less, to go in sealed container, can/bottle – NO
  • Beer 5% or less, to go in sealed container, crowler/growler – NO
  • Beer over 5%, to go in in sealed container, can/bottle – NO
  • Beer over 5%, to go in in sealed container, crowler/growler – NO

Tavern

  • Beer 5% or less, to go in sealed container, can/bottle – YES
  • Beer 5% or less, to go in sealed container, crowler/growler – YES
  • Beer over 5%, to go in in sealed container, can/bottle – NO
  • Beer over 5%, to go in in sealed container, crowler/growler – NO

Restaurant

  • Beer 5% or less, to go in sealed container, can/bottle – NO
  • Beer 5% or less, to go in sealed container, crowler/growler – NO
  • Beer over 5%, to go in in sealed container, can/bottle – NO
  • Beer over 5%, to go in in sealed container, crowler/growler – NO
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Beer Recreational

  • Beer 5% or less, to go in sealed container, can/bottle – YES
  • Beer 5% or less, to go in sealed container, crowler/growler – YES
  • Beer over 5%, to go in in sealed container, can/bottle – NO
  • Beer over 5%, to go in in sealed container, crowler/growler – NO

Type 5 Package Agency `

  • Beer 5% or less, to go in sealed container, can/bottle – NO
  • Beer 5% or less, to go in sealed container, crowler/growler – NO
  • Beer over 5%, to go in in sealed container, can/bottle – YES
  • Beer over 5%, to go in in sealed container, crowler/growler – NO

Off Premise Beer

  • Beer 5% or less, to go in sealed container, can/bottle – YES
  • Beer 5% or less, to go in sealed container, crowler/growler – NO
  • Beer over 5%, to go in in sealed container, can/bottle – NO
  • Beer over 5%, to go in in sealed container, crowler/growler – NO

This would all seem to imply a fairly hefty change to a number of businesses. No more fancy auto-canning machines at your favorite brewery (unless the beer is >5%), no more growlers from your favorite brew pub restaurant or pizza place. At least that’s what it looks like on the face of things. Older-imbibers might recall similar events in the past surrounding items like bottle service and gift cards.

The Bayou write that they’ve asked for further clarification from the DABC on this change. Watch this space, I certainly will!

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