Many of City Weekly's staffers and readers enjoy visiting Brewvies Cinema Pub for a bite and a beer to go along with whatever drama, comedy or action flick is on the big screen. It's a place where adults can watch movies with other adults, and it's been that way ever since it opened in 1997.
But Utah's anti-alcohol lawmakers and the state's Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control apparently don't think the 21-and-older Brewvies fans are adults at all. The DABC has hit Brewvies with a ridiculous $1,627 fine for violating Utah's liquor laws prohibiting nudity and sex acts from happening in the same venue as where alcohol is served. The law was designed for strip clubs, but the DABC saw fit to set up a sting, sending Utah Highway Patrol officers to watch The Hangover II, and decided the nudity and "sex" in the slapstick R-rated comedy were a violation.
This fine is a farce nearly on par with the shenanigans of the movie's characters, not to mention a complete waste of time for the Utah Highway Patrol and a slap at a locally owned-and-operated small business in Utah. That's why City Weekly wants to help Brewvies pay its fine, and we're hoping fans of the place, or simply those who want Utah to start treating adults as adults, will pitch in. Will you join us?
There are two ways to donate:
1. Go to this page to make PayPal online donation through PayPal.com. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. In-person cash donations at any of City Weekly's Brewvies events. Check our street-team calendar for the next event: click here.
Each donation of $5 will enter you into a drawing for a $100 gift certificate to Brewvies. Prize will be awarded once our fundraising goal is met. Prize is provided by the CW Store.
Brewvies didn't ask City Weekly for help, but something this asinine definitely needed to be addressed. And if we're successful at raising enough money to pay the Brewvies fine, we'll keep looking for other outrageous DABC fines to help pay.