hey, just thought readers may be interested in a video from the event also.. hoping this great community of springs craft beer folks keeps growing! https://vimeo.com/39676507
Thanks Mike for your responsiveness.
A different version of this bill would likely gain my support. As it stands, this unfairly tilts the table in favor of out-of-state businesses at the potential expense of our local owners and the community they foster.
I feel strongly that consumers deserve freedom of choice. And on the surface, I thought that is what this bill offered. While the laws are not perfect as is, this change, as it is written, could threaten local breweries. I still would like to see changes that bring about more choice.. including selling +3.2 in groceries and convenience stores.. however, this bill does not offer the transitional protections to ensure we do not lose a valuable part of our brewing community.
Response Requested: Guy seeking more information..
One thing missing from both sides of this debate is information related to the 'three tiered' alcohol distribution system as I've heard it referenced. I'm curious:
1. How does this system work? Info only here.. divorced from this debate.
2. From both perspectives, concerning the 3 tiered system, what factors are at play?
Then a third, potentially unrelated question I've not seen adequately addressed:
3. What, if anything, will prevent Colorado businesses from adjusting to this HB1284 if it passes? There is compelling evidence that has been presented by those supporting this bill regarding states that allow sales of beer over 3.2% at convenience/grocery stores. All examples reveal a competitive, thriving craft-beer market. Specific to this, what evidence exists that Colorado's market would respond in a different way?
As a Coloradan that cares about local beer markets, I'd like to be better informed. I love Bristol's beer offerings and their community involvement, and I'd appreciate if the opponents of this bill would offer more information regarding the above questions. I've heard very little in way of a exchange/debate. Instead I find each side repeating the same arguments. More dialogue please.
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