Five percent beer stacked on local shelves

Brent Miller owner of the Truck Stop located at 100 N. 200 W. said he didn't think the new alcohol content in beer will change his sales much.

LOGAN – After a cold night trick-or-treating, beer drinkers woke up to a change in alcohol at their favorite watering hole.

For the past 86 years, only 3.2 percent alcohol by weight beer was sold in retail stores today it went up 5 percent.

LW’s Truck Stop, located at 1000 W. 200 N., has been changing their beer out on Friday. Brent Miller, owner of the truck stop, said they got a shipment of the new the beverages Thursday night and is expecting more throughout the day.

“I don’t think it’s going to change anything,” he said. “It’s not going to make a non-drinker start drinking beer because of the alcohol content.”

Miller said it may effect sales in Smithfield and Richmond where shoppers have been going to Franklin, Idaho to by the stronger brew.

“We don’t have the same retail pattern as the stores closer to the boarder,” he said.

Beginning Today Nov. 1, all of the Utah’s grocery and convenience stores can sell beer containing up to five percent alcohol by weight (ABV).

Brent Miller owner of LW’s Truck Stop loads a shipment of the new beverages Friday morning.

Bars, restaurants, and other places with the correct licensing can also sell it on draft.

Thursday, employees of some retail outlets rapidly removed the old and replaced it with the new five percent stuff.

Since 1933, only 3.2% ABV beer which is 4% alcohol by volume, was allowed to be sold in retail location, he said.

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