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Dual Licensing Removed in Colorado

Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 11 removes the dual licensing requirement for a person who manufacturers, sells at wholesale, or imports both fermented malt beverages and malt liquor. Read More

Colorado Full Strength Beer Sales Provisions become Law

Signed into law, Senate Bill 243 lays out the conditions under which grocery and convenience stores will sell full-strength beer effective in 2019. Read More

Full Strength Beer Sales Provisions Pass in Colorado

Passed by the legislature, Senate Bill 243 lays out the conditions under which grocery and convenience stores will sell full-strength beer effective in 2019. Read More

Satellite Sales Stalled in CO

Stalled in committee, S.B. 253 seeks to allow breweries to open two satellite tasting rooms. Read More

Penalty Limits Approved in CO

Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 134 limits penalties for violations relating to the sale of alcohol beverages to a visibly intoxicated or underage person that occur in a sales room for licensees operating a beer wholesaler, winery, limited winery, …Read More

Colorado Considers Penalty Limits

Amended in the House prior to passage, Senate Bill 134 seeks to limit penalties for violations relating to the sale of alcohol beverages to a visibly intoxicated or underage person that occur in a sales room for licensees operating a …Read More

CO Governor Signs Grocery Beer Sales Bill

Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 197 allows full-strength beer sales in grocery stores. Phased in over a twenty year period, grocery stores would be required to buy the licenses currently held by liquor stores and would also be able …Read More

Full Strength Colorado Beer Sales Measure Passes Legislature

On the Governor’s desk for action, Senate Bill 197 would allow full-strength beer sales in grocery stores. Phased in over a twenty year period, grocery stores would be required to buy the licenses currently held by liquor stores and …Read More

Colorado Governor Signs Homebrew Bill

Signed into law, House Bill 1084 seeks to alter current law which states that a “head of a family” is allowed to brew beer for family use without obtaining a liquor license. The bill would remove “head of a family” …Read More

Student Tasting Bill Signed by Colorado Governor

Signed by Governor Hickenlooper, H.B. 1042 would create an exemption from licensing requirements for state institutions of higher education that engage in manufacturing and tasting of fermented malt beverages (3.2% beer) and malt liquor (full-strength beer) for teaching or research …Read More

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Pete Johnson

State & Regulatory Affairs Manager

Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association. He joined the BA at its inception in 2005, having previously worked as Programs Director for the Brewers Association of America. Before coming to the small brewing industry in 2001, Pete worked for 14 years with both state and federal elected officials in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

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