Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Kansas Looking to Axe 3.2 Beer
That state's legislature is considering House Bill 2282, which would allow grocery and convenience stores to sell stronger beer. Legislation could come in May or June, dealing another blow to the low ABV suds.
As we've discussed in previous posts, Oklahoma's decision to do away with 3.2 beer will likely impact Utah, which would then be one of only two states in America to sell the low gravity suds. As more and more states get on the bandwagon, the beehive state (which will soon be the largest consumer of 3.2 beer) may have it's fate decided by those large breweries that make and sell them.
Colorado is currently phasing them out and they should be gone by 2019. Minnesota allows 3.2 beer to be sold in grocery and convenience stores.
The Utah Legislature says that it won't even consider looking at doing away with 3.2 beer until next year's legislative session at the earliest. But if the Kansas vote goes through they may have no choice but to address it. If those in charge of legislating Utah's alcohol laws are smart, they should be preparing now, so that they have all of their ducks in a row come next year. Let's be honest, they will probably "half -ass" the whole thing, as they do with most alcohol legislation.
In my opinion they will likely raise the cap in grocery stores to 5.5% - 6.0%. And then (because you don't get anything without loosing something) I predict they will put an arbitrary cap on the ABV of beer in sold liquor stores or something equally draconian.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. We need to keep shining light on this topic so we're not blindsided when the decisions are finally made behind closed doors.
On a lighter note, you have one more day to vote for Utah's best high point beer in the Utah Beer Challenge. the ballot is on the right side of the page.
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