Utah: Behind the Zion Curtain
Just when post-Mitt Romney everyone says Mormons are normal, Wine coolers to be banished from grocery stores
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gov. Jon Huntsman has signed a bill into law that will ban wine coolers from grocery stores.
Huntsman says he doesn’t like the law, but he signed it Wednesday because it also increases the size of the standard shot of liquor from 1 ounce to 1.5 ounces.
He says that prohibiting the sale of flavored malt beverages anywhere but state liquor stores will tarnish the state’s reputation. Utah is already known for having some of the strictest liquor laws in the country.
Under the bill Huntsman signed, the fruity drinks will be sold in grocery stores until October.
I guess this means the “Mike’s Hard Lemonade” products are banned. On the other hand, I remember my night in Dry Gulch, KY, yep dry, far from UT (KY totally dry, UT lousy hours). Woot on a bigger shot glass. State legislatures pass or propose some wacky things, and I like it. And I expect things to change by the October implementation in Utah.
(Disclaimer, I’ve lived in LDS areas, and have no issue with setting my clock back 20 years – oh heck – and I don’t have to worry about Mormon missionaries (Elders) coming after me for joking about their religion.)