Bringing Alcohol Into Utah
Can we bring wine from Montana for our Lake Powell cruise? We heard rumors that we had to buy it there.
No you can't legally.
Utah is a “control state”, and only the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (DABC) may lawfully import import alcoholic beverages into Utah. Private individuals may not lawfully import or transport them into the state.
Under Utah law "alcoholic beverages" include all hard liquor, spirits, wine and beer. Beer and other malt beverage products that exceed 3.2% alcohol by weight or 4.0% by volume are considered "liquor". Beer with an alcohol content of 3.2% or less is defined as "beer".
It is what it is as they say. It is an archaic and ridiculous law ... in my opinion. And you can see many vehicles coming back from Wyoming every weekend with Utah plates. And with Wyoming alcohol in the trunk.
But they're taking their chances with one of Utah's many guardians of higher morals - the Utah Highway Patrol.