Governor Protects Small Business, Expands Consumer Choice by Signing Colorado Liquor Compromise

Colorado Joins 27 Other States with Spirits, Beer and Wine Grocery Sales


The Colorado Liquor Compromise (SB 197), which modernizes Colorado’s alcohol laws by allowing responsible, phased-in sale of spirits, wine and beer in grocery stores over the next 20 years, was signed today by Governor John Hickenlooper.

“We wish to commend Governor Hickenlooper for responding to consumer demand by signing into law this fair and reasoned approach to modernizing Colorado’s alcohol laws,” said Distilled Spirits Council President & CEO Kraig R. Naasz.  “Small and large spirits producers, grocers, retailers and, importantly, Colorado’s consumers all benefit from this bipartisan effort to update Colorado’s alcohol laws.

“We also wish to thank State Senator Pat Steadman, Representative Angela Williams and Representative Dan Nordberg for their leadership for working with all interested stakeholders to craft this important compromise,” he added.

Also, the Distilled Spirits Council today suspended its two ballot initiatives now that SB 197 has been signed into law.