UPC Show: Episode…Wait…The Primer, Episode 1 – Alcohol in Utah

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This week on the UPC show…you are actually going to hear our first episode of The Primer! Why? Because the UPC show is on vacation this week and we wanted to use this as an opportunity to tell you that UPC is now on YouTube (you should totally subscribe to us). We plan on putting our podcasts as well as future video content.

To break you in, below is a video from our first episode of The Primer – A Cheat Sheet on the Beehive State.

In this inaugural episode, we ask the important question: “can you get a drink in Utah?”

Well, the short answer is yes and the long answer is that you have to know how.

Utah Political Capitol Editor-in-Chief Curtis Haring, UPC researcher Dave McGee, and UPC writer Alex Cragun go over the history of alcohol in Utah (yes, Brigham Young had a distillery, no he did not produce any alcohol; yes Utah cast the deciding vote to end prohibition…as well as passing its own statewide prohibition two years prior to the nation passing the 18th Amendment; and that Mark Twain commented on a Valley Tan that featured, among other things, ephedrine – the old-timey version of Four Loko).

We also look at the modern makeup of Utah liquor laws, explain the various types of liquor licences that exist in the state, what a $10 bottle of booze actually buys, how the Zion Curtain came to be, and explain what the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control (DABC) actually is.


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