Utah Liquor Law History
|1934||Prohibition ends in Utah, beer is legal to buy.|
|1935||Liquor Control Act enacted, Liquor Commission established to set prices,
requires State Liquor Stores to sell any liquor over 3.2 percent alcohol.
|1937||Drinking in public buildings, parks or stadiums, or being intoxicated
in public outlawed.
|1955||Nonprofit private locker clubs established so people could drink at
recreation and social resorts
|1959||Brownbagging written officially into statute.|
|1969||New law allowed state-run liquor outlets to open in restaurants,
to sell 2-ounce mini-bottles directly to customers.
|1977||Advertising for private clubs banned|
|1985||New Alcoholic Beverage Control Act enacted, allowing restaurants
license to sell mini-bottles, and use of alcoholic flavorings.
|1988||A law to allow restaurants to serve unopened mini-bottles directly
to customers at their table passed.
|1990||The end of brownbagging and mini-bottles. Metered pouring devices
for one-ounce drinks in clubs. Keg sales and advertising visible from the
|1995||Utah liquor stores accept credit cards.|
|1996||U.S. Supreme Court ruling clears the way for alcohol advertising.|
|2001||The liquor commission allows drink lists on restaurant tables.|
|2008||Flavored malt beverages, or alcopops, could only be sold in
state stores. However, due to restrictive labeling rules, the law basicly
banned the drinks. Metered pouring encreased to 1.5 ounces per drink
though the amount of alcoholic flavorings is reduced.
|2009||July 1, 2009 no more Private Clubs. New restaurants required to
have Zion Curtain (guests cannot see the pouring of drinks).
|Source:||The Salt Lake Tribue December 2, 2008
Earl F. Dorius, Utah Alcohol Beverage Control Commission.