Last Friday, Wine and Spirits Daily reported that Utah’s grip on liquor has let up, at least a little bit. The recent rule change applies only to Utah brewers and distilleries but this could potentially be good news for everyone in the alcohol industry. The new ruling allows Utah residents to purchase onsite orders from Utah breweries and distilleries. Utah wineries have enjoyed this same freedom since 1991. This decision is part of Governor Huntsman’s effort to free the state of the private clubs. Though it hasn’t been mentioned as a step in the governor’s plans to “liberalize” Utah’s liquor laws, perhaps this loosening will open up the gateway for responsible direct shipping legislation in the future.