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Utah draft beer to remain watered down

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Senate has decided against allowing the sale of full-strength draft beer in bars and restaurants.

Currently, draft beer sold in Utah can contain no more than 3.2 percent alcohol by weight, or 4 percent by volume.

Most beer contains about 5 percent alcohol by volume and is watered down for sale in Utah.

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A bill to lift the cap was approved 58-2 in the House. But on Thursday, the last day of the session, the Senate decided not to debate the measure and to go home early instead.

Bars and restaurants are already allowed to serve full-strength beer if they buy it in bottles from the state liquor store at the same 86 percent markup paid by the general public.

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