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Patrón tequila shortage prompts DABC to ration bottles

Posted at 3:01 PM, Jul 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-27 19:21:31-04

SALT LAKE CITY — A nationwide shortage of Patrón tequila has forced Utah's Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to start rationing bottles.

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Because of a short supply of agave, a key ingredient in tequila, the DABC said it was not able to get as many bottles of Patrón as it would like. So until further notice, bottles will be limited.

"There’s just a lot of demand, not so much supply," DABC Executive Director Tiffany Clason said Tuesday. "So, given that, we have kind of put that as a one bottle per customer per order. Kind of making it a bit more of a limited item."

Utah's liquor control agency made $517 million in pandemic

Bars and restaurants will be limited to two bottles per customer until further notice. Clason recommended liquor store customers try Utah-made brands if they can't get Patrón.

Utah is a liquor control state, meaning the sale and supply of alcohol is controlled by the state. As such, tequila would only be available through bars and restaurants or at state-run liquor stores.