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Deal Reached To Increase Alcohol Limits On Beer In Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah lawmakers have reached a compromise deal to increase the amount of alcohol available in beer.

Republican Sen. Jerry Stevenson said Wednesday the agreement would raise alcohol limits to 4 percent, which is still relatively low but would allow for most production-line beers to be sold in grocery and convenience stores. It must still be approved by the state Legislature.

Utah now limits beer to 3.2 percent alcohol outside of state-owned liquor stores, but large breweries have been discontinuing weak-beer products as other states abandon those limits.

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Stevenson says that hurts consumers and retail stores.

He originally wanted to raise alcohol limits to 4.8 percent, a move opposed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The state's predominant faith teaches abstinence from alcohol.