Originally Posted by Brewtah
You have to go to the liquor store to get all of the local beer that is over the 4%. All you see at the grocery store is 4% or under. If you are still in Utah you should check it out, there are 4-5 really good breweries in Salt Lake.
Oh, I know that. I really like Epic Brewery for instance and they don't brew anything at or below the 4% limit. It's just that if you want to sell more beer and have it available outside of the state run liquor store you need to keep it under 4%. So a beer that ought to be 5% can be worked down to 4% and be available to a larger market at a lower price. It seems Uintah, Squatters, Wasatch and Bohemian have all decided to live mostly at the 4% limit, even though they have a few beers sold at the LQ that are higher abv.
I agree with the OP that it is sort of funny to see all the beers at exactly 4%. It is a response to the law that has created the phenomenon of all styles being brewed to the exact same abv. It has created a myth in the state that all regular beer is 6%+ and only Utah beer is 3.2% (where they use abw to make it seem even more dramatic than it is). The reality being that there are great beers brewed to style at 3%abv all the way up past 10%abv with a good portion of beer being to style in the 4%-6% range. It sure would open up many more possibilities for local breweries if we could get the bottle and draft abv limit abolished.