Ruth Lewandowski Winery is Utah's second urban winery located in South Salt Lake City. They boast three natural wines including Mahlon, Chilion, Boaz (Avaliable in October). Behind Zion's Curtain producer Jason Vance sat down for a few hours with Evan and talked about Utah's Liquor Laws, Utah Politics, Wine making and much more. This is a small snippet of Evan explaining his "Natural" wines and why makes them stand out different than other wineries in the state.
This trailer features the likes of Francis Fecteau of Libations, Inc (http://www.libation-online.com/), Jimmy Dublino from The Devil's Daughter (http://www.devilsdaughterslc.com/), Dennis Chambers from Sugarhouse's Tap Room (http://www.slctaproom.com/), Rick Boyd, Owner of Brewforia Beer Market (http://shop.brewforia.com/) and the Barley Bros. Traveling Beer Show (http://barleybros.net/barleybros.net/Home.html), and David Morris, Owner of Piper Down (http://www.piperdownpub.com/).
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/