Liquor merchants gearing up to battle expanded beer sales

DENVER — Several new bills that would allow grocery and convenience stores to sell full-strength beer are likely to be introduced this legislative session, and the state’s liquor stores already are lining up to fight them.

Knowing both groups are talking behind the scenes about introducing their own measures later this session, the Colorado Licensed Beverage Association sent out an “urgent message” Wednesday about the matter.

It was titled: “Breaking News: Nothing Has Changed on Alcohol Sales Issue.”

The group said the issues are the same as they have been for the past several years, when similar measures were introduced, and killed, in the General Assembly.

The association says allowing sales in grocery and convenience stores will make it easier for minors to get beer, and it will harm hundreds of small businesses.

“A recession is no time to gamble with Colorado jobs,” said Bruce Cady, owner of Coronado Liquor Mart, 569 32 Road, in Clifton. “These proposed changes will put hundreds of stores like mine out of business.”

One related measure already has been introduced into this year’s session, and it would allow restaurants to serve low-alcohol beers, something many already do because the law hasn’t been enforced.


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