A century-old law that howls the alcohol content of beer sold in Utah grocery stores and convenience stores – and often makes the state the target of jokes – can tip in 2019 if Utah adopts a bill coming for the legislator.  Sponsored by Sen. Jerry Stevenson, R-Layton, the measure proposes to increase the alcohol law of the grocery beer from its current 3.2 percent weight of weight alcohol to 4.8 percent. (Or from 4 percent alcohol in volume to 6 percent ABV, a more common industry measurement.)
According to current Utah law, only 3.2 percent beer can be sold in stores. Beer with higher alcohol levels must be sold in state liquor stores.
Stevenson said the bill would still leave Utah near the bottom of states when it came to the alcohol content of the store beer. But it would also be in line with the majority of commercially produced brewers.
"It's more of the norm," he said Friday. "It will probably fill 90 percent of the gap."
He noted that Utah has already seen some products disappear from shelves, as the companies deviate from their low content variants, but he was unsure how his bill would be received by colleagues in the House and Senate.
"I've lived all the way from being the hero to having my head handed over to me," Stevenson said. "This is probably one of the two."