For The Record: What are your thoughts on full strength beer coming to Utah?
Each week, The Park Record asks residents and visitors to weigh in on a topic of interest. For beer enthusiasts, the news that full strength beers are arriving on tap and in Utah groceries is like Christmas come early. Predictably, the excitement is palpable.
Anita Butler, Houston, Texas
I like it because I like drinking beer. And I don’t like watery beer. I grew up in Texas where we dealt with the same thing, and we used to drive to Colorado and smuggle Coors back home. Anyone who went to Colorado was expected to return with a trunk full of beer.
Merritt McDougall, Park City
I’m for it. I see no benefit to lower alcohol content. My main feeling on this is that it’s a good thing because it will help alleviate some of the stigma around alcohol that we still have here in Utah. I think it will show that Utahns can be trusted to make good decisions.
Chelsea Seifert, Park City
I support it. I’m from Texas, and when I moved out here it was a bit of a shock. Now it’ll be nice to order a beer on tap and get the full flavor. I went to Main Street Saturday for the Budweiser party, and just seeing people celebrate, I think it’s going to be a popular decision.
Beau Sauer, Kimball Junction
It’s not even full strength. I think 7 percent is the sweet spot. That’s where you get the really good IPAs people want. It’s definitely a good change, though, because before now you didn’t even really have beer.
Quotations have been edited for clarity and length.
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