High West Distillery proprietor David Perkins chuckles when asked about Utah's prohibitive liquor laws. "You realize that the liquor laws everywhere are pretty screwy, right? We don't have the monopoly on crazy liquor laws." He also doesn't hesitate when asked to name the biggest misconception about his hometown state: "That there's no alcohol here," he laughs.

But alcohol there is. And there's some mighty fine stuff being produced in-state. To read the full article, please click here.