SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah lawmaker wants to get rid of low-alcohol 3.2-percent beer in grocery stores as a growing number of states shed the restriction.
Republican Sen. Jerry Stevenson said Friday he's putting the finishing touches on a proposal to increase the alcohol limit to 4.8 percent by weight, the amount in a standard, production-line beer.
Utah and Minnesota are the only two states left where only 3.2 percent beer may be sold in grocery and convenience stores. Oklahoma dropped it last year, and Colorado and Kansas are following suit.
The smaller market means some brewers are discontinuing the lower-alcohol brews, and Stevenson says store shelves are already seeing an effect.
Making the switch could be a challenge in Utah, where the majority of lawmakers are members of the alcohol-abstaining Mormon church.