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Brews Aren't That New: Some Push Back On Cache County's Fears That Wineries Could Shift Culture

Though several Cache County Council members have opposed allowing wineries in unincorporated areas, some locals argue such businesses have been around longer than statehood in many areas of Utah.

Lynne McNeill, an associate professor at Utah State University, wrote to the council after several members raised concerns of a “cultural shift” that would accompany allowing alcohol production.


“While there has always been a cultural ‘push and pull’ when it comes to issues of alcohol in Utah … the residents of Utah have managed to produce and consume alcohol for literal centuries without any societal degeneration as a result,” McNeill wrote. “Any claims that alcohol production will suddenly ‘change’ the culture of our valley or state are simply proven false by the historical record.” Read the rest of the story on


This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.