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Before 4% alcohol law goes into effect, some beers not available at liquor stores

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Soon, certain beers will no longer be sold at state run liquor stores. (Photo: KUTV)

Soon, certain beers will no longer be sold at state run liquor stores.

Signs posted by the beer section inside Utah liquor stores indicate that those drinks will no longer be available on November 1.

As the new 4% liquor law goes into effect, it will allow higher percentage beer to be sold at grocery and convenience stores; which is where most of the discontinued drinks are going.

"Once we run out of those beers on the shelves, they may not be available for awhile..at least until Nov. 1, if they move to the grocery and convenient stores," Terry Wood with the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control told 2News.

It's also possible some beer that's available now in liquor stores may not be available at grocery and convenience stores.

Wood says it's up to the distributors to decide what's in stock at their stores.

In June, Gov. Gary Herbert signed a compromise deal into law that would raise the alcohol limit in beer sold in grocery and convenience stores to 4%. This will allow for production-line beers to be sold in the stores.

Utah had previously limited beer to 3.2 % alcohol outside of state-owned liquor stores.

Republican Sen. Jerry Stevenson originally proposed raising the limit to 4.8%.

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