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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Sunday Beer Sales in Logan

Logan beer drinkers rejoice! Last Tuesday the Logan Municipal Council repealed a law that restricted the sale of beer at city retail stores on Sundays. As I understand it, beer sales are still not permitted at bars on Sunday, (is this still the case Logan readers???) this frees-up some retailers to compete with other neighboring towns ( Nibley and Hyrum) who passed similar ordinances last year. Change comes slow but it is change.

Also, thanks to Kathy Stephenson
food and culinary guru from the Salt Lake Tribune for tapping me for her column The Weekly Toast. Check it out. Cheers!


Carlos said...

There are two characteristics that recent alcohol law changes seem to have in common in Utah: 1) They're slow (as you pointed out), and 2) They're all about the money.

Don't get me wrong. Whatever works to move Utah into the 21st century is great. But let's not delude ourselves into thinking that the powers that be are somehow finding rationality. Nope, they're just trying to get their hands on some green.

Ricky H. said...

I couldn't agree with Carlos more. If someone could make a decent enough argument that the state would make significantly more money by deregulating the liquor stores, or allowing above 3.2 beer in retail stores then those changes would happen almost over night. The only argument I can think of for such a thing would be Utah getting taxes from liquor that would have been purchased over the internet or over state lines. But those new sales wouldn't mitigate the amount lost from the states monopoly on liquor sales. And that argument hasn't yet worked for allowing the sale of Keg beer in the state.

Put your mind behind this everyone. If not, we'll have to wait 'til popular sentiment on alcohol regulation changes, and that may not be for several decades. I for one would rather see it happen within the decade.