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Reader: Why is Colorado regulating business models for breweries?

It's the last day of the Colorado Legislature, and this session has definitely driven some people to drink -- and possibly move out of state. Breckenridge Brewery, which had been pushing for House Bill 1347, which would have allowed the company to grow in Colorado (craft breweries are currently capped at 60,000 barrels, and this measure would have allowed Breck to grow to 300,000), has been making noise about building another facility...and now it could be outside of Colorado.

In a statement yesterday, the company said: "Breckenridge Brewery is proud of its Colorado heritage and is thankful for the interest in its future plans. We're exploring all of our options as we continue to grow our business in Colorado and across the U.S. We look forward to sharing more information on our plans as they progress."

But readers had plenty more to say:

Including this from Brian Martinez:

Here's a radical thought: why not just repeal any and all caps on the amount of beer brewpubs, micro-breweries, mega-breweries, and dudes brewing beer in their basement can produce? What the hell is the government doing regulating the business models for breweries in the first place?

Are Colorado's laws out of line? Are they hampering the craft-beer industry, one of the true growth industries in this state? And what should Breckenridge Brewery do? Post your thoughts below, or join the conversation already under way here.

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