Utah Liquor Authorities Throw Away Thousands Of Gallons Of Drinkable Beer After Law Change

Liquor authorities in Utah have thrown away thousands of gallons of drinkable beer after state law changed to allow higher-alcohol brews.

Beer worth $18,000 was disposed of after the law change.

The Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control disposed thousands of gallons of drinkable beer on Friday.

According to local news agencies, the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control was legally required to dump the beer.

State-owned liquor stores were required to dump the beer because a new law allowed those beers to be sold in private stores instead.

Utah prohibited grocery and convenience stores from selling beer that had over 4 percent of alcohol by volume.

Liquors over 4 percent were sold at state liquor stores.

The law affected on October 31, 2019, increased that limit to 5 percent because the state-owned stores cannot stock anything that is available on the open market.

Officials ended up discounting beers between 4 percent and 5 percent before Halloween.

Authorities threw anything left after that.

Workers threw away 275 cases of bottles and cans at a recycling facility.

That’s a lot of beer folks, a lot of beer.

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