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(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) In 2006, Utahns on average consumed nearly 1.96 gallons of liquor annually, compared with 2.54 gallons today — an increase of 30 percent. The most popular alcoholic beverage is wine, with per capita consumption this year rising to more than a gallon, an increase of more than 20 percent.
Liquor sales up: The 15 most popular drinks in Utah

Popular brands » The most popular alcoholic beverage in Utah is wine, with Kendall Jackson Chardonnay leading sales.

By Dawn House

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Aug 29 2013 01:01 am • Last Updated Feb 14 2014 11:33 pm

There’s no doubt that Utahns are drinking more.

In 2006, Utahns on average consumed nearly 1.96 gallons of liquor annually, compared with 2.54 gallons today — an increase of 30 percent. The most popular alcoholic beverage is wine, with per capita consumption this year rising to more than a gallon, an increase of more than 20 percent.

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Utahns on average also downed nearly a gallon of spirits last year, a half-gallon of heavy beer (alcohol content greater than 3.2 percent by weight) and 0.05 gallons of flavored malt beverages, according to the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

Three years ago, legislative auditors said the amount of liquor sold in Utah had increased at a far greater rate than the population, indicating a greater percentage of drinkers. While the population from 2001 to 2009 increased 22 percent, gallons consumed during the same period increased by 54 percent.

To be sure, Utahns per capita drink far less than others nationally, according to a 2010 report by the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association. Only people in Maine drink less beer than do Utahns, and only residents of West Virginia and Mississippi drink less wine. And West Virginians are the only ones who consume less spirits.

Here are the top brands bringing in the most annual sales to the state’s liquor monopoly:

Spirits

Barton Vodka » $2.7 million

Jägermeister Liqueur » $2 million


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Patrón Silver Tequila » $1.8 million

Heavy Beer

Stella Artois » $1.354 million

Icehouse Beer » $1.353 million

Squatters Hop Rising IPA » $1.29 million

Wine

Kendall Jackson Chardonnay » $844,150

Franzia Sunset Blush House » $782,900

Franzia Chillable Red House » $694,900

Flavored Malt

Bud Light Lime-A-Rita » $558,500

Mike’s Hard Black Cherry » $300,600

Mike’s Hard Lemonade » $284,400

Cider

Strongbow Dry Cider » $220,500

Hornsby’s Crisp Apple Cider » $159,500

Angry Orchard Crisp Apple » $152,700



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