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DABC v. Brewvies

Despite a plea from former Mayor Rocky Anderson for citizens to attend the Utah DABC meeting Tuesday and speak out against the recent enforcement action against Brewvies, not much protest happened. (If you couldn’t make the meeting because you had to work, comment here.)

The DABC is threatening to fine Brewvies Cinema Pub and suspend its liquor license for showing an R-rated film (Deadpool). Utah Code forbids an establishment serving alcohol from showing a film or visual reproduction of asexual act or even heavy petting.

Brewvies hired Anderson as their lawyer and filed a First Amendment lawsuit against the state.


DABC Chairman Jeff Wright made it clear at the beginning of the meeting that the commission would have “no dialog with the public” about Brewvies while the suit was pending. He also made it clear that the commission “did not create, did not write, but must enforce” the state’s liquor laws. (See our blog about the folks behind the DABC curtain.) In other words, yelling at the DABC about the state’s stupid liquor laws is the equivalent of screaming at the busboy because your soup is cold.

Two citizens did speak, anyway. Jon V. Harper, the Democratic candidate for state Attorney General, used the opportunity to slam the Republican AG’s office for taking on another expensive lawsuit that they are destined to lose. The section of liquor law applying to Brewvies is flat-out unconstitutional he said, and similar laws have been struck down in other states. Harper referred to a U.S. Supremes case:

The U.S. Supreme Court clearly ruled in 1996, in 44 Liquormart, Inc. v. Rhode Island, that liquor regulations cannot be used to restrict speech that would otherwise be prohibited under the First Amendment. In other words, the State cannot restrict the showing of Deadpool at any location simply because alcohol is involved.

He said the AG’s office should have held off on any action until the Legislature had a chance to eliminate the unconstitutional bits. (As if.)

Zachary Zundel, a citizen not running for anything yet, attempted to engage the commission in a Q & A that bordered on stand-up comedy (not entirely inappropriate at a DABC meeting), but was stopped short.

Zundel’s point was that the law against serving up alcohol along with sexually suggestive images could put some churches (which must have DABC licenses to offer wine with communion) in legal jeopardy if they display explicit images of Christ’s Passion, such as Bouguereau The Flagellation of Christ. (Frankly, this seems unlikely.)

Zundel also pointed out that the labels on some wine bottles in DABC stores are sexually suggestive and probably in violation.

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Read more about his dangerous expedition at the link in our bio!⁠

Photo of Powell’s expedition courtesy Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division⁠

A brand new issue of Salt Lake magazine is coming your way! ⁠

We can't wait to share these stories with you. This issue includes our annual Blue Plate Awards celebrating those surviving and thriving in the restaurant biz. Plus, we take a road trip to Wyoming and ask why the only Utah passenger on the Titanic didn’t survive her journey.⁠

A note from our editor Jeremy Pugh, including beautiful tributes to Mary Brown Malouf from our friends in the community, is online now. Read more at the link in our bio ❤️⁠

Subscribers: Look for this issue in your mailbox soon. The magazine will be on newsstands March 1! 📬

Today, we are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2021 Blue Plate Awards! ⁠🎉⁠

These prizes honor the growers, food evangelists, grocers, servers, bakers, chefs, bartenders and restaurateurs who do more than put good food on the table—they make our community a better place to live. This year, just surviving as a local business deserves an award, but each of our Blue Plate winners did more than that. They made us grateful for every person involved in the essential act of feeding us.⁠ 🍽⁠

At the link in our bio, we have the full list of winners, a celebration of feats of COVID creativity and a tribute to restaurants we lost this year. If you’re hungry for more, pick up a copy on newsstands March 1! Plus, check out our Instagram for spotlights on some of the Blue Plate winners. ⁠

This year’s Blue Plate Awards are the first without our beloved Executive Editor Mary Brown Malouf. We dedicate them to her, our town’s biggest food fan, critic and champion. xoxomm⁠ 💙

2021 Blue Plate Award winner: @ricobrandut for Staying in Beansness⁠

Last summer, it seemed that Rico would be another victim of rapid gentrification in Salt Lake. Luckily, Rico was able to find a new home in Poplar Grove and now plans to add even more employees. It’s a last-minute happy ending for a community leader who literally wears his mission on his sleeve, courtesy a tattoo in bright red block letters: “pay it forward.” 💙⁠

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This year Spice Kitchen Incubator, already an essential resource for refugees, became, well, even more essential. 💙⁠

2021 Blue Plate Award winner: @thestore_utah for Special Deliveries ⁠

As grocery delivery becomes the new norm, The Store offers a personal touch that only an independent grocer can provide. Last March, high-risk and elderly customers began calling in their grocery lists over the phone, and The Store’s general managers personally delivered food to their homes. 💙⁠

2021 Blue Plate Award winner: @cucinaslc for Preserving Neighborhood Connection⁠

Cucina’s outdoor spaces became a place where the neighborhood could gather safely. Owner Dean Pierose offered free coffee in the mornings and encouraged his regulars to linger and commiserate together, preserving a semblance of society during a socially distanced time. 💙⁠

2021 Blue Plate Award winner: @oquirrhslc for Betting the Bottom Dollar⁠

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2021 Blue Plate Award winner: @hearth_and_hill for Opening Doors⁠

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2021 Blue Plate Award winner: @fisherbrewing for Creative Canning⁠

This year, Fisher found ways to utilize their beer, taproom space and canning capabilities for good. They created special lines of limited edition beers in custom cans to help raise funds for local businesses struggling to stay afloat during the pandemic. 💙⁠

A wind storm #tbt for your feed today. 🌬️🛹⁠

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Just hours after being sworn in, President Joe Biden signed an executive order calling for a review of the boundaries for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments. The monuments—designated by Barack Obama in 2016 and Bill Clinton in 1996—were reduced by roughly 2 million acres by former president Donald Trump, and the executive order is seen as move towards restoring the original boundaries.⁠

Read the full story through the link in bio.⁠

📸Bears Ears National Monument: Courtesy of Utah Office of Tourism

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