Alcohol beverage control states or better termed, alcohol monopoly states have some control over the wholesale & retail of alcoholic beverages. This control grew out of the religious backed temperance movement in the early 1900's. Utah is one of of the last states that wield complete control of the wholesaling and retail distribution of any alcoholic beverage over 3.2% ABW (4% by volume ABV).
Utah's Mormon controlled legislature has set the purpose of the Utah DABC as follows:
The purpose of control is to make liquor available to those adults who choose to drink responsibly - but not to promote the sale of liquor. By keeping liquor out of the private marketplace, no economic incentives are created to maximize sales, open more liquor stores or sell to underage persons. Instead, all policy incentives to promote moderation and to enforce existing liquor laws is enhanced.
Studio 1909 is proud to present a feature film project Liquor Behind Zion's Curtain http://behindzionscurtain.com/, a look into how the predominate religion of Utah has crafted, influence and changed prohibition-era laws to suite their religious purposes.
Del Vance - The Beerhive Pub (http://ow.ly/aTHrj ), Mark Alston - The Bayou (http://ow.ly/aTHya) & Beer Nut (http://ow.ly/aTHCf ), Benjamin Raskin (http://ow.ly/aTHI0) and Mike Reidel (http://ow.ly/aTHLD) all weigh in on Utah's Zion's Curtain law.
Produced & Created by Jason Vance
Photography by Tony Martinez & Jason Vance
Sound & Music by Thomas Cook
A Studio 1909 production: http://www.studio1909.com/
Behind Zions Curtain: http://behindzionscurtain.com/