Eighty years ago, today — on Dec. 5, 1933 — Utah became the 36th and deciding state to ratify the 21st amendment to the U.S. Constitution, ending prohibition and allowing liquor to flow legally across the country.
To mark the occasion, the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) took a look at how liquor affects Utah's current economy.
The total economic impact is $658 million, according to the analysis prepared by New York-based John Dunham & Associates.
The industry also provides 3,210 Utah jobs and generates $131 million in taxes, the report said.
"The 21st Amendment paved the way for the creation of the modern three-tier beverage alcohol regulatory system that today delivers the widest variety of products available to consumers anywhere in the world in a manner that is safe, well-regulated, and ensures reliable revenue streams for the states and federal government," WSWA President and CEO Craig Wolf said in a news release.