SALT LAKE CITY — Businesses in communities bordering Utah say the state’s new and stronger beer allowances have hurt sales.
The beer sales have dropped about 20% to 30% in Utah-bordering communities in Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada and Colorado, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
The drop in sales came after Utah began letting grocery stores, gas stations and bars sell brews with 4% alcohol by weight last November.
“We have seen quite a decrease in sales of our regular beers, like Budweiser and Coors,” said Geoff Green, owner of the KJ Superstore in Malad, Idaho. “We were expecting a drop but not as much as it has.”
Green said he expects that once the weather warms and people start heading out on vacation, sales could improve.