I just moved to Utah and I am learning the general beer regulations. Here are my observations so far. Hopefully this will help anyone visiting Utah. Corrections are welcome. Most of you are aware that Utah has some weird alcohol laws. For example, up until 2009, in order to drink at a “real” bar (i.e. a place you could order a drink without food), you had to be a “member” of the bar. Being a member meant you had to pay a fee (I think it was an annual fee). The good news is that these laws have become a bit less restrictive in the past couple decades. However, there are still some obstacles to getting good beer in Utah. Here is what I have found so far. 1. All tap beer must be 4.0% or lower. That’s 4.0% by volume, or 3.2% by weight. This is probably my least favorite beer law in the state. There are no exceptions for tap beer sold at a brewery or a “real” bar. Stronger beer can be sold in bottles/cans in certain establishments and in liquor stores (see #3 and #4 below), but not on tap. This law really sucks. 2. Grocery stores can only sell 4.0% beer. This wouldn’t annoy me so much, except for the fact that the stronger beer sold in liquor stores cannot be sold chilled. Grocery store beer can be sold chilled, but it’s only the 4.0% stuff. 3. You can buy “strong” beer at certain restaurants/bars, and at the brewery. However, remember this will be in bottles/cans only. So, for example, if you go to Epic, you can't get Big Bad Baptist on tap. (Did I mention that this tap rule sucks?) 4. All liquor stores are state-run. This is where you buy hard liquor, wine, and beer that is over 4.0% (they can also sell the 4.00% beer). Beer at liquor stores cannot be sold cold. I think the price on any given item is the same in every liquor store. 5. All beer sold at liquor stores is priced per bottle/can. There is no discount allowed if you buy a 12-pack. This is good for buying singles of beer you haven’t tried, but bad for getting good 12-pack pricing. 6. Breweries can sell their strong to-go beer cold. 7. Beer is expensive in Utah. The mark-up on beer seems higher than the mark-up on wine. I moved here from Madison, WI. At Woodman’s, the local grocery store I used to go to in Madison, you could sometimes get Sierra Nevada Pale Ale for around $13 or $14 per 12-pack. At Steve’s Liquor, it was about $16. In Utah, it’s $22.68 for a 12-pack of SNPA. (Plus tax). Wine is also more expensive in Utah, but not by as much. The beer is much more expensive in Utah. Part of the reason is probably the “no volume discount” rule. 8. Beer selection varies from liquor store to liquor store. I have been in some liquor stores where there wasn’t much selection aside from BMC, some locals, and some basic Sierra Nevada/Lagunitas/New Belgium. However, some liquor stores have a pretty decent selection, including Germans and lots of CA/OR stuff like Deschutes/Ballast Point/Firestone Walker. However, selection was a lot better back in Madison. (Of course, we were kind of spoiled in Madison.) 9. There are different types of bars and restaurants. Roughly, it goes like this: Beer-only restaurants: 4.0% beer (no strong beer, wine, or hard liquor) Limited service restaurants: wine and beer (including strong beer) Full-service restaurants: everything Taverns: 4.0% beer and wine/mixed drinks Bar: everything 10. There are other dumb rules too. For example I don’t think you can get “double” mixed drinks. So, a martini can only have 1.5 oz. of gin total. This is a travesty of justice. General notes: Utah’s beer scene is improving but it is not as robust as you might expect. For example SLC has a metro population of over a million, so you might expect the beer scene to be pretty big—but remember, maybe half the people are Mormons, and so the beer scene is much smaller than other cities of comparable size. You just don’t have the customers. The 4.0% tap rule sucks, as does the “4% in grocery stores” rule. I have not been super-impressed with any 4% beer I have tried. I recognize the breweries are trying their best under a restrictive system. I think some people get used to the 4% beer, but I am not a fan. These 4% rules also mean that most breweries expend some of their energies making 4% beers, and I think this detracts from other styles they could be making. Given the somewhat limited selection and the high prices, one could make a beer run to Wyoming. For example, Evanston Wyoming is only 80 miles from SLC. Round trip is 160 miles, if you get 40 highway that’s 4 gallons of gas which is around $13. You could easily save $13 on a beer trip, for example a 12-pack of Sierra Nevada is $22.68 plus tax in Utah, and $16.49 at a store I called in Evanston WY. That’s a savings of over $0.50 per beer. Buy 26 beers and you cover the price of gas. This assumes all beer is cheaper in WY which may or may not be the case. I’m gonna guess they have more CO beer in Wyoming too. You should know that it is illegal to bring beer in from other states, so I am not recommending this. The driving BAC limit in Utah is supposed to go down to 0.05% at the end of 2018. Right now it's 0.08%. My guess is that cops are not very forgiving in this area. Any other Utahns have things to add?