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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Good news, bad news for Utah drinkers

Polygamy PorterIt's good to reminded every now and then that as nonsensical as many of Indiana's laws regarding alcoholic beverages are, in some states they're even more convoluted.

Take Utah, for example. That state's legislature just passed legislation that will allow mixed drinks to contain the standard 1.5 ounces of liquor, up from one ounce. Utah's governor, Jon Huntsman, said he wanted the change so Utah – the only state that limits the amount of liquor in a single shot – wouldn't appear so strange to the rest of the world.

Better luck next time, Guv. Liberalizing the pour in a mixed drink wasn't the only change Utah's legislature made to its beverage laws. Now Utah is the only state in the nation to ban wine coolers and flavored malt beverages from grocery stores and relegate them to state-run liquor stores. (One state representative called such beverages "gateway drugs.") And it will now be illegal to order a shot along with a cocktail if the shot is a liquor used in mixing the drink. For example, if your table is drinking Margaritas, shots of tequila are out — but if someone at the table is drinking, say, a gin and tonic, then that person could get a shot of tequila. Won't this new law make it fun for servers and bartenders to try to keep track of who's drinking what?

One nice feature of Utah law: If you're going to a restaurant to eat and want wine with your meal, all you have to do is take it with you. Just don't try to order a grappa....
J. Silverheels Gray, 10:49 AM

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