Utah Brewers Guild statement on S.B.132 / Beer Amendments

Utah Brewers Guild

Today the Utah Senate Business and Labor committee passed S.B.132 “Beer Amendments” unanimously out of committee. 

“The majority of our members are opposed to an arbitrary and incremental increase to 4.8% ABW as outlined in this bill. They remain in favor of lifting the limit put on alcohol content of beer. However, this legislation would benefit out-of-state breweries at the expense of small, locally owned breweries who employ thousands of Utahns,”  said executive director Nicole Dicou.

S.B.132 is carefully targeted to open an optimized window for mass-produced products to enter and remain in the Utah marketplace, pushing aside local independent options.

Allowing the ceiling of alcohol content in Utah to be brought to a level commonly enforced throughout the United States — which this bill does not accomplish — would help to normalize the perception of Utah’s beer industry into a place that provides opportunities for people to make free-market decisions on the products they would like to support.

The Utah Brewers Guild is a 501(c)6 trade organization founded in 2005 to support and promote the Utah craft beer industry. Our membership includes 28 local and independent craft breweries, which are listed at utahbrewersguild.org.

Stuart is the founder, writer and wrangler at several sites including Gastronomic SLC, Utah Now and, The Utah Review; Stuart is a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune and has worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.