We’re preparing a post on the beer culture of Salt Lake City, Utah– and yes there is one- but took a break tonight to attend the annual awards dinner of the Independent Book Publishers Association which gave Drinking in the Culture a silver medal for “Best New Voice: Non-Fiction.” Almost 1500 entries competed in about 50 categories, but we were told that “new voice” was one of the most crowded.
It’s been an interesting experience here in Salt Lake City. One of the central themes of our book is that the history and culture of a place has a profound influence on beer drinking. Here, where a group of people who don’t drink make all the laws for people who do, the city’s ties, past and present, to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints resonate with every ounce of beer that is produced and consumed.
We think our first post is going to be “the five silliest beer laws in Utah.” That’s going to take us a bit of time to finalize because we have so many to choose from.
If you’ve run into a really silly drinking law lately, leave us a comment. We’ll compile them at some point.
Cheers from the land of 3.2 beer!