Category: Utah Booze News

Utah Booze News podcast: The top 10 beer, wine and spirits selling in the state

SALT LAKE CITY — Barton Vodka is the biggest selling alcohol in Utah, according to new numbers provided by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

In an interview on “Utah Booze News: An Alcohol Policy Podcast” produced by FOX 13 and The Salt Lake Tribune, DABC spokesman Terry Wood revealed what the top selling beer, wine and spirits are for the past fiscal year. The DABC reported retail sales of $479 million last year.

Barton Vodka generated $3.1 million in sales to become the top selling spirit (bars use it a lot for well drinks); Squatters’ Hop Rising Double IPA was the top selling beer, making the state $1.7 million in sales.

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In a sign that Utahns are spending more on alcohol, Veuve Cliquot surged to become the top selling wine at $1 million (followed by a box wine at No. 2 on the list).

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Money from state-controlled liquor sales goes toward public safety, school lunches for needy children and the general fund.

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Also on the podcast, the DABC launches a new app and a recap of the monthly commission meeting where new rules on 3.2 beer and rare liquors were discussed.

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Utah Booze News podcast: Bars must have food even if you don’t eat it, new .05 numbers and a preview of the craft beer fest

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 break down the latest meeting of Utah’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission. There’s an “investigation” into the drinking habits of DABC commissioners, a reminder that Utah law demands bars offer food (even if you don’t eat it), new numbers since the state’s controversial .05 DUI law went into effect, some juicy news about a liquor store in Farmington and an interview with Nicole Dicou of the Utah Brewer’s Guild about a craft beer festival this weekend and her thoughts on 3.2 beer.

FOX 13: They enforce alcohol policy for Utah, but do members of the DABC commission actually drink?

FOX 13: Here’s how to sign up for the DABC’s new rare liquor drawing and the first bottle available

FOX 13: Sharp drop in alcohol-related crashes since .05 became law, but the majority of arrests are still above .08

SL Trib: Salt Lake City karaoke business finally lands a beer license. How? By adding 2 pool tables.

SL Trib: Now Farmington wants a liquor store, and a West Valley City outlet will be moving

How to get tickets to the Utah Brewer’s Guild Fest

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Here’s how to sign up for the DABC’s new rare liquor drawing and the first bottle available

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has launched its drawing to distribute rare liquors that are often sold in the state at deep discounts.

On Tuesday, the liquor control authority officially began signing people up and testing out the random drawing system. You can’t call it a lottery because those are illegal in Utah.

To make sure the system works, the DABC will offer up 112 bottles of Buffalo Trace’s Elmer T. Lee single barrel bourbon for $37.99. In other states, the bottles can fetch up to $300 each, but Utah laws mandate it only be sold at cost plus 88% markup. It’s an instance where Utah’s state-control system offers consumers a benefit.

In 2014, FOX 13 first reported on how customers could get rare bottles of “Pappy Van Winkle” for deep discounts. The bourbon can sell for as much as $1,500 a bottle in other states but was going for a little over $100 in Utah. It sparked mad dashes to state-run liquor stores each time the DABC got some in stock. That also prompted angry complaints from customers left out.

To create a fairer system, the DABC took a page from Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources and how it hands out hunting permits. The DABC believes it can avoid the illegality of a lottery because consumers aren’t paying money to enter the drawing and have the ability to refuse the product, if they choose.

To sign up, customers must create an account on the DABC’s website and provide their full name, birth date, phone number and the last four digits of a state-issued ID (so employees can verify the winner). The DABC will publicize the next big drawing at each monthly commission meeting and online. Winners will be notified and the bottle will be shipped to their designated liquor store.

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Utah Booze News Podcast: Five Husbands & No Beer with Karaoke

On the inaugural episode of “Utah Booze News,” FOX 13’s Ben Winslow and The Salt Lake Tribune’s Kathy Stephenson (who cover alcohol policy in Utah) recap a surprisingly dramatic meeting of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission, where licenses were rejected for the Bonanza Campout, a karaoke lounge and Social Axe Throwing.

FOX 13: No beer with karaoke in Utah, alcohol control authority declares

SL Trib: Utah liquor officials say no beer at karaoke venues or ax-throwing businesses, unless state law is changed

And Ogden’s Own Distillery shares with us their new, limited-edition Utah Pride Festival label for “Five Husbands,” an LGBTQ-themed version of their slightly controversial “Five Wives” Vodka:

The Utah Pride-themed “Five Husbands Vodka.” (Image via Ogden’s Own Distillery)