Though Ohio still bears the unique distinction of banning boozing with fish, no state claims more baffling liquor laws than Utah. Over in the Beehive State (actual nickname), even the most casual imbibing is regulated by a series of guidelines that have made grown men regret ordering a single brew. We decided to dig into all of Utah's weird liquor legal-speak and break down what it all actually means. The hardest thing to believe? Things used to be so much worse.
Any beer over 4% ABV is considered liquor
In Salt Lake City, nobody can stop you from drinking your fill of Miller 64s. But anything with a slightly more potent ABV is going to be subject to an onslaught of restrictions more nonsensical than "The Nightman Cometh" (which might also be banned in Utah). Under state law, any beer that exceeds 3.2% by weight, or 4% by volume, is considered "liquor". Those not-beers are banned from grocery stores and convenience stores, as well as taverns (i.e. beer bars, clubs, or lounges where beer sale revenue exceeds food sales). You can still order higher ABV beers at restaurants with full-service liquor licenses, but, just like your friends sipping actual liquor, you'll be cut off a full hour early.