This past weekend, the 2nd Annual City Weekly Utah Beer Festival was held in Salt Lake City. Huge crowds poured (pun intended) onto the City & County Building Grounds to sample the award-winning products from a number of Utah breweries. The brewers could barely keep up with the demand. Just look - [tubepress video="LN84mJfkLds"]
Then just yesterday, the Salt Lake Tribune published a story "Zion Curtain Closing on Beer-Only Eateries" which showed that the state legislature had written into law a rule that makes all restaurants hide the pouring of beer from their customers. Restaurants that were thinking of expanding are now changing their plans. New business is being put on hold, and patrons are again being treated as if they will swoon at the sight of beer flowing into a glass.
The best part of the story? Nobody knows who added this provision, nobody wanted it added, yet nobody is talking about pulling the law.
Sen. John Valentine, R-Orem, who sponsored the legislation, said he does not agree that partitions should be installed at beer-only restaurants, but he included the provision to get the bill passed.
Senate President Michael Waddoups, R-Taylorsville, who supported backrooms to hide bartenders at restaurants serving wine and mixed drinks, said he did not push for partitions at beer-only restaurants — and he doesn’t know who did.
Waddoups suggested that Mothers Against Drunk Driving might have wanted the partitions, but MADD Utah chapter President Art Brown said he is unfamiliar with the requirement.
And people wonder why the rest of the country thinks Utah is so odd. No wonder Gov. Huntsman bailed on the state, even he got too frustrated with things here.
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Salt Lake Tribune article: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/52477959-78/beer-restaurants-partitions-utah.html.csp
City Weekly Beer Festival: http://www.cityweekly.net/utah/flex-168-utah-beer-festival.html