DABC meets to review rules on event liquor permits

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SALT LAKE CITY — A day after lawmakers publicly chastised Utah’s liquor control authority over the idea of “Oktoberfest without beer,” the agency met to review its policies on event permits.

A spokeswoman for the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control confirmed that some commissioners and staff met on Tuesday to review their rules for so-called “single event” permits. Any proposed amendments to the rules would be discussed at a July meeting for further input.

It comes a day after the DABC was grilled by a legislative committee over the renewed scrutiny it was putting on festivals and events, and whether they were community gatherings. The Snowbird ski resort first raised the issue when it sought a permit for its “BrewFest,” and expressed concern that its popular Oktoberfest celebration might end without a permit.

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