Wednesday, May 28, 2014

No Beer for Oktoberfest at Snowbird?

After years of unprecedented growth in Utah's "socialist" alcohol industry, the state of Utah would like to remind you that, "they are still in charge".

During last Tuesday's DABC board meeting David Gladwell, chairman of the state liquor commission, said, "We’re trying to send a signal that we are tightening up and we are reluctant to grant single-event permits to for-profit organizations." Basically that means that under state law, groups and businesses are allowed up to 12 special-event permits per year. Single-event permits allow beer, wine and spirits to be served ­at one-time community and civic events.

If you've applied for a special event permit in last few months, you've probably been subject to a newly re-enforced criteria in order to obtain a special permit. It must be for a one-time, unique event that lasts only a few days and it must used by a civic or community group to promote a common good.

Snowbird's four decade long Oktoberfest celebration falls into the second category. While Snowbird's Annual Father's Day Brewfest was narrowly approved for a special event permit, Gladwell warned Snowbird that it may not receive a permit for the 8 week (for profit) Oktoberfest celebration.

Snowbird's management was obviously caught off-guard by the boards announcement and is trying to work out an arrangement with the DABC so that liquor can be served at Oktoberfest.

Just when you thought you were finally starting to see glimmer of hope in the advancement of adulthood in the state of Utah, the 19th Century rears it's ugly head and places it's puritan boot firmly in your neck.

Illustration - Pat Bagley

14 comments:

Ben said...

I think everyone drank more in the 18th century. Everyone stayed getting holy in the 40s-50s.

Andy said...

what in the actual heck? Jemand soll verpruegelt werden und ein Mass Bier hoch in den Arsch gestossen bekommen.

Did you write this article, Mikey?

Mikey said...

@ Andy. Don't waste a beer shoving it up someone unappreciative ass. :)

I got my info for the story here. http://fox13now.com/2014/05/27/utah-festivals-face-renewed-scrutiny-for-a-liquor-permit/

kent said...

I saw it in the trib this morning as well. I swear the UDABC actually revels in being seen as flaming fuck bags. So it looks like they did indeed put the kibosh on a permit for the Homestead's crab boil this past weekend. Lovely.

holly said...

I think the "D" in UDABC may not actually stand for "Division". Sigh.

Someone on that board needs a hobby other than finding the most restrictive possible meaning of liquor laws.

Kim said...

It is not a puritan boot, as Bagley's cartoon clearly indicates. The Puritans were not opposed to beer and wine in moderation. My move to Germany seems better all the time ,

Ken J said...

Does anyone's butt hurt from how far the State of Utah puts it's head up our asses???

Concerned citizen said...

It's a shame to see any ground lost to our friendly non drinkers, but if any fest had to go - the snowbird "beer fest " was nothing more than a gouge to the public and a disgrace to any real beer drinker.

kent said...

Hmm I wonder what kind of beer drinker I am. I had fun at Oktoberfest every year. Huzzah to us...uhh...faux beer drinkers?

J said...

I'm with Kent.

Mikey said...

CNN picked up the story that Fox13 did on this. Now the entire Northern Hemisphere will be reminded that these guys are from another "bizzaro" reality.

kent said...

Nice Mikey!

Matt Murphy said...

Mikey,

Can you post the CNN article?

I can't seem to find it.

Thanks

Sosaia Tuuhetaufa said...

@Ken And on top of that Utah's alcohol percentage is as close to water. Lol State of Utah is indeed trying to rip our assholes lol