When were you here? Things have changed quite a bit in Salt Lake the last few years. Lots of transplants moving here and it was the fastest growing US state percentage-wise this past decade. Yeah, we have some restricted liquor laws, but there's plenty of appetite for good beer here.
Restricted liquor is just the start of the restricted list. My work sentence ended a few years ago with a job change.
If you enjoy the area, good for you. It was a little too weird for me and I have no desire to go back.