The Colorado Legislature today passed HB 1027, a measure to extend cocktails to-go from distillery pubs, restaurants and bars until July 1, 2025. The bill now heads to Governor Jared Polis’ desk for signature.
“Cocktails to-go have proved to be a vital economic lifeline for hospitality businesses across the state, and now, Coloradans are one step closer to enjoying cocktails to-go for four more years,” said Kristi Brown, Distilled Spirits Council of the United States Senior Director of State Government Relations. “Colorado businesses have been hit particularly hard, and extending cocktails to-go will provide increased stability for the state’s restaurants and bars while increasing convenience for consumers. We thank the legislature for passing this bill and urge Governor Polis to sign this measure and extend cocktails to-go in Colorado.”
Fourteen states have currently made COVID-19 era cocktails to-go measures permanent and seven others have extended cocktails to-go through legislation.
More than 35 states began allowing restaurants and/or bars to sell cocktails to-go as a COVID economic relief measure. Iowa, Ohio, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Montana, Arkansas, West Virginia, Georgia, Oklahoma, Texas, Florida, Kansas, Arizona, Nebraska and the District of Columbia have all made COVID-era cocktails to-go measures permanent. Dozens of other states are also considering legislation to extend or make permanent cocktails to-go measures.
The distilled spirits industry is committed to responsibility and encourages moderation for adults who choose to drink alcohol. Cocktails to-go are intended for home consumption. Laws governing alcohol consumption must always be observed.