A weird, backwards loophole forced the state of Utah to dump 275 cases of beer
Why didn't they like... drink it?
Beer drinkers rejoiced as a new beer law in Utah went into effect last month allowing beverages with up to a 5% ABV be sold in local markets and grocery stores. This marks the first time Utah has changed its beer laws since the end of Prohibition. Previously, any beers over 4% ABV had to be sold in state controlled liquor stores and were also subject to a 66.5% price markup. That might not seem like that big of a deal, until you remember even Sam Adams Octoberfest is 5.3% ABV.
The new law also states, for whatever reason, that beers available on the common market cannot be sold by the state controlled liquor stores. Those stores frantically marked down their supply to clear out their stock rooms before the November 1st effective date, but unfortunately not all of the impacted beers were sold. The Salt Lake Tribune estimated that something like 275 cases of beer were left over.
So what was the fate of those 275 cases? Did some lucky grocer get to buy the state's discounted supply at a government auction? Did state employees get a case of their favorite beer as a Christmas bonus? No, all of the remaining beer had to be dumped, no matter what. It is illegal to return alcoholic beverages to distributors as well, so that was never an option. $18,000 worth of beer will be turned into compost and fertilizer, and all that glass and aluminum will get recycled. Pour one out for all that be.... no wait, stop! Don't waste any more beer!