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COLORADO: No, Don't Allow Colorado Grocery Stores to Sell Full-Strength Beer and Wine

Friday, November 6, 2015  
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In 2011, Charlie Berger and Patrick Crawford invested everything they had - as well as money from family and friends - into starting the Denver Beer Co. Three years later, they began canning three of their more popular styles and set out to find stores willing to stock their products.

Logan Liquors sells hundreds of beer varieties from 70 Colorado breweries, and is always looking to provide customers with a great selection of locally crafted products. So when Crawford and Berger came in and asked owner Lori Spanbauer if Logan Liquors would carry their beer, she was happy to oblige.

Allowing the sale of alcohol, wine and full-strength beer in liquor stores and limiting individuals to a single license has created thousands of small businesses across the state that look out for other local businesses. That's a major reason Colorado has the second-most breweries per capita in the nation. And our system isn't just a job creator; it also serves as an important public safety check, since both liquor store clerks and customers must be over the age of 21.

With out-of-state corporations plotting to change our laws in order to boost their profits, the Colorado Licensed Beverage Association and the Craft Brewers Guild have joined forces to launch Keep Colorado Local, a coalition of more than 1,000 businesses fighting for local jobs and to keep our craft culture thriving. Read more

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