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Stronger beer in Utah weakens sales in border communities

Beer sales have dropped in some parts of Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada and Colorado.
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SALT LAKE CITY — Businesses in communities bordering Utah say the state's new and stronger beer allowances have hurt sales. 

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that the beer sales have dropped about 20% to 30% in some parts of Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada and Colorado. 

Business officials say the drop in sales came after Utah began letting grocery stores, gas stations and bars sell brews with 5% alcohol by volume in November. 

Business owners say residents who wanted higher-alcohol beer and didn't want to pay the liquor store markup made special trips to stock up, which is now illegal under state law.

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