‘Utah Booze News’ podcast: DABC chairman talks bar licenses, wine in grocery stores and LDS influence on alcohol policy

Also, should new ax-throwing venues be allowed to sell beer?

(Kathy Stephenson | The Salt Lake Tribune) John T. Nielsen, chairman of the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission, talks with employee Anita Knowley on June 22, 2021. Nielsen's term on the board expired this week.

Chairman John T. Nielsen’s term on the sometimes controversial state liquor commission ended this week.

On the latest episode of “Utah Booze News,” produced by The Salt Lake Tribune and FOX 13, Nielsen looks back at the eight years he spent on the board and shares his perspective on bar license quotas; wine moving to grocery stores; and the influence The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has on alcohol policy.

Also on the podcast, two new ax-throwing businesses in Utah want to sell beer to customers. But the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control says “dangerous weapons” in recreational businesses were banned by the Legislature in 2020.

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