Why Washington should support craft breweries in Colorado
Posted On July 20, 2021
A bipartisan bill that would allow craft brewers in Colorado to sell their beer at stores and bars has become the most popular bill in the state legislature.
But it’s far from being the only bill that’s drawing bipartisan support.
The bill, Senate Bill 941, is expected to be reintroduced next month.
It would allow beer makers to sell beer in grocery stores and other stores that are open 24 hours a day, and it would also allow brewers to sell alcohol at retail stores.
It would allow breweries to grow, and they could grow by making the product more attractive to consumers and offering discounts and incentives to customers, said Sen. Kevin Grantham, a Republican from Boulder who sponsored the bill.
Granthams bill would also create an advisory board for brewers, including two members of the Colorado Craft Brewers Guild.
The bill has attracted a diverse array of stakeholders, ranging from beer drinkers to the brewers themselves.
Granadas bill has bipartisan support in the House, but it’s unlikely to be voted on in the Senate.
Many craft brewers are looking to Colorado for a foothold in the marketplace.
The state has the fourth-highest beer consumption in the country, with more than 3.5 million people drinking beer in the past year.
The number of craft breweries has increased from less than 2,000 to more than 4,000.
The craft beer industry in Colorado has grown from around 500 to more like 20,000 since 2000.
Granathams bill, if it becomes law, would allow those breweries to expand to more locations.
The industry is expected expand to as many as 150 by 2023, according to the National Beer Wholesalers Association.
The state is one of the fastest-growing states in the nation for craft beer.
Its population grew from about 7.7 million in 2000 to almost 20 million in 2016.
The industry is also expanding.
The craft beer production industry in the United States grew from less to about 8 million people in 2000, according the National Brewers Association.