The Associated Press is reporting that tax collections show that beer sales in Utah are falling sharply while cigarette use is on the rise. A report released Wednesday says revenue from beer sales dropped nearly 12 percent in July, August and September, compared with the same time last year. The report follows a downward trend in beer sales that began in 2003. That’s when Utah raised its beer tax, making it one of the highest in the country. Utah charges 41 cents in taxes per gallon of beer. Utah’s cigarette tax is 69 cents a pack. Nationally, the average is $1.18 a pack.
It is also still against the law to home brew in the state of Utah. A change to the law was cycling through the government last year but ran out of time. If you want to read more on the liquor laws of Utah go here.