Tuesday, February 05, 2013

No More Beer Samplers

Take a look at that fine photo above. It's a ski (or part of one) that's been converted to display the fine beers that Squatters offers in a sampler form. Squatters has been offering this sampler of their low point beers since as a long as I can remember and to my knowledge it nor any of it's like counterparts around the state have cause any problems with consumers or the DABC.

But because of some tee teetotalers inability to pen a law that he couldn't possibly understand, this simple concept has become illegal because it was omitted in a piece of legislation that actually legalized the sale of wine samplers. That's right wine samplers are now legal but beer is not. Makes perfect sense to me.

This is what I'm talking about when it comes to making your voice heard. Bullshit like this will keep happening as long as Utah's free thinking adults keep hoping things will get better, without participating.

This new regulation may or may not go away, It's up to you. What are you going to do about?
More info here. http://m.sltrib.com/sltrib/mobile2/55686909-218/beer-samplers-utah-brew.html.csp

13 comments:

holly said...

Makes as much sense as the fact that you can buy a 5L box of wine, but not a 'chubby' of beer. But if logic played a role, our laws would be very different altogether.

But, it's our role to try to introduce some logic into the conversation, I suppose.

KAGent777 said...

Do we know any of the pertinent information about this bill? When was it proposed (or re-written, or whatever), what is it's number? Most importantly who do we contact to fix this? Thanks for the heads up Mike.

Scott

Mikey said...

This all came to pass in the 2012 legislature. More info here.
http://m.sltrib.com/sltrib/mobile2/55686909-218/beer-samplers-utah-brew.html.csp

KAGent777 said...

Thanks Mikey,

I just emailed Dabakis and Chavez-Houck asking what can be done.

http://www.le.utah.gov/GIS/findDistrict.jsp Can be used to find your Sen and Rep.

I may very well email my contact at the DABC, but I suspect he will say they are powerless until the Legislature changes it. In the meantime, I am really enjoying homebrewing and not giving my money to the legislature while I stimulate local business (Beernut)!

Cheers,
Scott

TheChadwick said...

Just serve it with a 20oz glass. If someone comes trolling around, pour them all together and voila: a "single beer product."

Ray said...

Just curious, are they starting to enforce this, like the no drinks before food thing?

Landon said...

There is just an ounce (pun not intended) of good news in the SL Trib article. They mention that they have backed off of the drink before food crackdown.

Ski Bike Junkie said...

Here's what I sent to my representatives. Feel free to copy. You can find your representative by clicking the legislature link from Utah.gov.

,

I am writing today in hopes that you'll help correct a situation described in the Tribune wherein brew pubs are no longer allowed to serve sample flights to their guests. http://m.sltrib.com/sltrib/mobile2/55686909-218/beer-samplers-utah-brew.html.csp

As much as Utah gets a bad wrap for our wacky liquor laws, we actually have a vibrant craft brewing scene that, as I'm sure you're aware, contributes a great deal to the local economy. Epic, Wasatch/Squatter's, and Uinta all distribute well beyond Utah, and their products are highly regarded outside of the state by beer aficionados.

Most Utah residents who enjoy craft beer are familiar enough with these brands that they know what they like and what to order. For out of town visitors, however, samplers are an important method of determining what to order a full size serving of since there is so much variety and so many unique styles. Forcing people to order full size glasses of something rather than a small taster is irresponsible and based on what I read in the article, appears to be simply an oversight. During this legislative session, please do what you can to correct this situation.

Utah's many attractions lure a great number of people from out of state. Local breweries have worked hard to create a product within the constraints that are set that appeals to residents and visitors alike. Both visitors and brewing help our local economy tremendously. We should not be making it more difficult for them to help Utah prosper.

Thank you for your time.

Cordially,

MCBREW SO JORDAN said...

@ Ski Bike Junkie... Thanks for the letter draft! Sent a copy to my reps!...

Douglas said...

Red Rock's bringing some good news finally! An Impy!

KAGent777 said...

have not heard anything yet from Dabakis and Chavez-Houck. Has anyone that has emailed gotten a response?

A RedRock Impy sounds tasty, where can I sign up?

Cheers,
Scott

Mikey said...

The RedRock Impy just go just got brewed so it will b a little while before it is out. When it gets close I'll let you know

KAGent777 said...

An quick update:

I got a reply from Sen Dabakis. Basicly, he says that he is "appalled at a number of DABC policies." He also will be meeting soon with the new DABC Director and express our concerns. He says that if is necessary, he would not hesitate to introduce legislation to address the sampler issue.

Should we be concerned with SB167? A bill introduced by our favorite man to hate, Sen. Valentine. It is purported to free up licenses by allowing chains with more than 5 locations to use one master license. I am not sure why he would introduce that sort of legislation. Thoughts?

Cheers,
Scott