Utah had its highest sales day ever on the Friday before Christmas, reaching $3.7 million in sales across the state. “A record by $400,000” said Cade Meier, deputy director of the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC). The record sales day broke the previous record set just one month earlier on the Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving. New Year’s weekend is expected to produce similar sales numbers.
The state’s demographics have been changing over the past two decades as more and more non-Mormons move to the state. The growth can also be attributed to a thriving tourism and hospitality industry. Utah is also producing more of its own beer and liquor. The DABC liquor commission approved manufacturing licenses for two additional new Utah breweries and one distillery. Thus bringing the new total to 31 breweries and 19 distilleries, a significant growth from 2013 when Utah had just 18 breweries and three distilleries.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune, December 2016