Hundreds at Colorado Capitol for fight over 3.2 beer
DENVER, Colorado ” Hundreds of people have crowded the Capitol in Denver, Colorado for a hearing on whether supermarkets and convenience stores should be able to sell full-strength beer.
About 300 people packed into a main hearing room and a spillover room to listen to debate Wednesday afternoon. About 100 others, mainly liquor store owners, milled around in the hallway.
Currently supermarkets and convenience stores are only 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.
Some brewers fear supermarkets will stock their shelves with big-market names rather than take chances on new or distinctive beers.