Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sesquicentennial Suds: Utah Town Sells First Beer in 150 Years

Posted By on Sun, Nov 24, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Residents of the small Northern Utah town of Hyde Park will still need to drive to Logan, Utah, if they want to buy liquor or wine, but when a local convenience store began selling beer Nov. 21, it was historic. It was the first sale of its kind since the town was founded by Mormon settlers in 1860.

"Everyone I've talked to seems to support the [law]," Hyde Park Maverik store manager Tiffany Dehek told Salt Lake City's KUTV-TV. Dehek said the store's goal was to make 24 percent of their sales from beer. "I don't think many people know about it yet. It's only been a few days."

A 64 percent majority of Hyde Park voters chose to upend the previous restrictions earlier this month. Backers said the community could use the extra sales tax revenues while opponents said alcohol was a corrupting influence.

"I don't drink alcohol, but if it could help generate revenue and help with property taxes, I'm all for it," resident Kevin Wheatley told KUTV.

Hyde Park's population is approximately 4,000.

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