Bringing Alcohol Into Utah

by David

Can we bring wine from Montana for our Lake Powell cruise? We heard rumors that we had to buy it there.

No you can't legally.

Utah is a “control state”, and only the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) may lawfully import import alcoholic beverages into Utah. Private individuals may not lawfully import or transport them into the state.

Under Utah law "alcoholic beverages" include all hard liquor, spirits, wine and beer. Beer and other malt beverage products that exceed 3.2% alcohol by weight or 4.0% by volume are considered "liquor". Beer with an alcohol content of 3.2% or less is defined as "beer".

It is what it is as they say. It is an archaic and ridiculous law ... in my opinion. And you can see many vehicles coming back from Wyoming every weekend with Utah plates. And with Wyoming alcohol in the trunk.

But they're taking their chances with one of Utah's many guardians of higher morals - the Utah Highway Patrol.

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Nov 01, 2017
catch me if you can! NEW
by: Anonymous

Po Po has to catch me first!!! I'll pack it in moving boxes labelled kitty litter and basement!

Apr 05, 2017
Alcohol is a local issue NEW
by: Anonymous

It's not a great law, but a lot of other states do have similar regulations on booze and tobacco, at least for tax purposes.

Since Prohibition, alcohol has been expressly a local issued, handled at the state, county or city level.

Oct 02, 2016
Personal Use NEW
by: Anonymous

Would be nice to have national laws that don't confuse someone that is coming to utah for a vacation. Its not like these guys are buying 1000 bottles and trying to run an alternate liquor store. What ever happened to personal use.

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