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Governor Herbert signs law raising alcohol limit for beer

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Cans of spring seasonal Alpha Hive Double IPA are ready to be filled with beer at COOP Ale Works in Oklahoma City, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. COOP Ale Works, which distributes in six states including Oklahoma and Kansas, has discontinued two of its three 3.2 percent brews. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has signed into law a compromise deal reached by state lawmakers that raises the amount of alcohol allowed in beer sold in grocery and convenience stores.

Herbert announced the signing Tuesday afternoon of a law that raises the alcohol limit to 4 percent. That is still relatively low, but will allow for most production-line beers to be sold in grocery and convenience stores.

Utah had limited beer to 3.2 percent alcohol outside of state-owned liquor stores, but large breweries have been discontinuing weak-beer products as other states abandon similar limits.

Republican Sen. Jerry Stevenson originally wanted to raise alcohol limits to 4.8 percent, but The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and several lawmakers opposed that idea.

The state’s predominant faith teaches abstinence from alcohol and was neutral on the compromise.

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