Utah bans mini-kegs of beer


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Utah’s laws on drinking and alcohol are, in a word, tough. In restaurants, for example, it’s illegal to prepare drinks in the view of customers, which explains why some orders get filled in storage areas or even in freezers.

And now a new state law will mean the end of the ‘Chubby.’

A Utah brewery is mourning the demise this fall of its mini-keg, dubbed the Chubby, which can hold as much beer as 14 12-ounce bottles. The Chubby, which made its debut in February, will be banned beginning Oct. 1. Regular beer kegs are already banned, except for authorized beer retailers.


Who is to blame for the Chubby’s death? The Legislature.

Lawmakers, many of whom belong to the alcohol-eschewing Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, have passed a number of measures intended to curb residents’ drinking, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. Among them: outlawing any alcohol container of 5 liters or more. That spelled the end of the 5-liter Chubby, made by Squatters and Wasatch Brewery.

Memorial services are ongoing at your neighborhood pub.


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