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Old 05-10-2015, 08:07 AM   #15
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There are very, very few communities in the entire USA where it is illegal to possess or consume alcohol. Most "dry" communities or counties only prohibit the sale of alcoholic beverages.

Utah doesn't even qualify as "dry". Liquor and full-strength beers and wines are sold in state-run liquor stores and various restaurants & clubs licensed for liquor sales. Beers under 4% ABV are available in grocery stores and other outlets. You can even brew your own beer at home. There are, however, some unusual regulations concerning how and where alcohol products can be display or offered.
Back when I lived in TX, the State had wet and dry counties. It was illegal to sell, buy, or transport liquor in a dry county. It was a joke because the booze flowed freely everywhere.
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I don't see anything in the Texas "local option" law that allows a county or city to prevent possession. It only authorizes local elections to prohibit or limit the sale of various types of alcoholic beverages. Per the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, as of November, 2014, there are 49 completely "wet" counties, 10 completely "dry" counties, and the rest are mixed to some degree or another. That's a substantial change toward "wet" in the last 10 years, though.
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Back when I lived in TX, the State had wet and dry counties. It was illegal to sell, buy, or transport liquor in a dry county. It was a joke because the booze flowed freely everywhere.
Not ilegal to posses or transport, only to sell. There is always a flourishing liquor business at the county line adjacent to the dry county. Abilene, TX (Taylor County), a town of 100,000 people, was dry until the late 70's. A farmer incorporated his land and became known as the village of Impact, TX. They voted (family members) to legalize the sale of alcohol. It was upheld by the Texas State Supreme Court. They sold $463K (1960's) the 1st month.
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Glad I read this thread re: Utah's high booze prices. I plan on bringing some wine along from California on our trip to Yellowstone and we have to drive through Utah.
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My experience is that Utah has changed. In the mid 80's we were heading back to So Cal. Long, hot day's drive. We pull into a chain pizza place. I order a beer. They don't serve alcohol. I order a Pepsi, they don't do caffeine. I order ice tea, again, they don't serve caffeine. In one of my lesser moments, I leave the wife & kids to eat inside. I take a couple of pieces of pizza out to the van & grab a beer (1) and then a Pepsi, and have a solitary dinner. Last time we were in SLC, they were selling beer in the RV park.
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You know,,, I never have that problem (I'm a Coffee-holic).
Coffee? Mormons don't drink coffee. That may be a problem.
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Last month in Moab, I honestly didn't think the prices were too bad for a Resort area. Maybe 10% above what we pay in Texas. Of course Texas has a 3 tier alcohol sales system and our prices are considerably higher than some states. The alcohol beverage lobby makes sure it stays that way.

My biggest complaint buying in Utah, is that the stores are too few and far between.
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IIRC back in the olden days when we used to go skiing in Park City, we had to pay about $1 in the different joints to join the private club so we could buy liquor. It seems also that in some places we would buy a bottle and all our drinks came from that bottle.

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We go to and through Utah on a regular basis. The winter Olympics changed the way Utah deals with alcohol IMO. They were on the world stage and had to come to world standards including the sale of alcohol. The laws were changed and remained when the Olympics were done.
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My favorite brew after wheeling in Moab is...Polygamy Porter...you can't have just one...
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Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker........have a safe trip.
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