Colorado's independently-owned breweries and liquor stores have banded together to Keep Colorado Local — and keep supermarkets and convenience stores from selling full-strength beer, wine and other spirits. Their campaign tactics include Colorado LocALE, a new brew created by Dry Dock Brewing in Aurora. But grocery stores have formed their own group, Colorado Consumers for Choice, which may take the question of grocery-store liquor store sales to voters on the November 2016 ballot. And although craft brewers say that could hurt an industry that's definitely proved a liquid asset for Colorado, they'll have to persuade consumers like Matthew, who says:
The consumers just want the convenience of buying from whatever store is closest and open latest. Same reason we voted to legalize Sunday sales.Colorado lifted the ban on Sunday liquor-store sales, a post-Prohibition law, in 2008; is it time to get rid of other old-time prohibitions? Would you vote to let grocery stores sell full-strength beer and alcohol?