Lawmakers compromise to bring stronger beer to Utah


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The bill that would allow grocery and convenience stores to carry stronger beer has been revived on Utah’s Capitol Hill.

Stakeholders have been working behind the scenes on a compromise ever since the 4.8 beer bill died in a House Committee.

The agreement they came up with would allow stores to carry 4.0 beer, increases the excise tax and creates a task force to study a potential move to 4.8.

“It gets us halfway between 3.2 and 4.8. It will restore some level of choice to the market place, not all choice in the market place, but it restores some of what we lost,” Responsible Beer Choice Coalition Director Kate Bradshaw said.

The compromise also delays implementation until November.

The Responsible Beer Choice Coalition says the bill should have the votes to pass both chambers.

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