Soggy Coaster's colleague in Denver has a story in today's Durango Herald about a bill that would have allowed grocery stores to sell full-strength beer. The bill failed in committee.
Craft brewers opposed the bill, fearing that allowing grocery stores to sell full-strength beer would hurt liquor stores, on whose shelves Colorado craft beer has flourished.
Erik Maxson, co-owner and head brewer at Durango's own Carver Brewing Co., traveled to Denver to represent brewers.
Colorado is one of only five states with a 3.2 beer law. The effects can easily be seen - try to find a square mile in Durango that doesn't have a liquor store. The law has given liquor stores an effective monopoly on full-strength beer that has allowed them to flourish.
Soggy Coaster has no dog in this fight. However, he thinks the predictions of doom and gloom for brewers and liquor stores should Colorado someday approve liberalizing the full-strength beer law may prove overblown.
Look at Oregon or California, both of which have thriving craft-beer industries without restrictive 3.2 laws. Ask Deschutes Brewery, Rogue Ales, Widmer Brothers and BridgePort Brewing Co. in Oregon, and Stone Brewing Co. and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in California, among others, if they have thrived in those states that allow grocery stores to sell full-strength beer. The answer is self-evident. Is Soggy Coaster missing something?
(The Denver Post also has the story).