Another round of beer debate in Colorado
DENVER, Colorado ” The battle over who can sell full-strength beer is resuming at the Colorado Capitol with a debate before the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee.
The committee has scheduled a hearing Wednesday on a bill that would allow supermarkets and convenience stores to sell stronger beer.
Currently they’re allowed to sell only beer with 3.2 percent alcohol content, but they say not many people are buying now that liquor stores are open on Sundays.
Lawmakers rejected a similar proposal last year because of opposition from liquor store owners and some craft brewers.
Colorado has some 90 craft breweries and has surpassed California as the nation’s top beer producer. Some brewers fear supermarkets will stock their shelves with big-market names rather than take chances on new or unusual beers.