Liquor Law

2018 Legislative and Regulatory Update

2017 was a relatively quiet year on the legislative front for the Colorado liquor industry. While 2018 does not bring the same sweeping changes to the Colorado liquor industry that came in 2017, there are several modifications that businesses should understand. While the Colorado liquor industry continues to adjust to the current and prepare for the upcoming changes resulting from SB16-197, most legislative changes in 2017 came in the form of ensuring continuity between similar licenses. Legislation was passed that returned

Important Considerations Before Applying for a Liquor License

While starting any new business requires careful planning and meticulous preparation, the myriad of regulation surrounding obtaining a Colorado liquor license requires special attention. There are several additional regulatory agencies with jurisdiction over alcohol licensees, and they all have different timelines and requirements for licensing. Having a well-developed plan and all of your documents prepared ahead of time can significantly speed up the process of opening your doors. The type of license you intend to operate will have a significant impact

I Want to Sell/Manufacture Alcohol in Colorado. What Type of License do I Need?

The liquor licensing process can be very complex and confusing. It is imperative that applicants begin their journey on the right path. There are over 30 types of liquor licenses and permits in Colorado, many having overlapping privileges and they all have distinct differences. Many of these licenses also have different levels of regulatory approval. Without the proper information and guidance, this can often lead to an application for a type of license that doesn’t meet your intended operations. Choosing the

Colorado Liquor Law Changes Effective January 1, 2017

As 2017 begins, several important changes are taking effect in the Colorado Liquor industry. SB-197 was passed by the Colorado legislature in May of 2016 and signed by Governor Hickenlooper on June 10, 2016, allowing the expansion of alcohol sales in retail liquor stores and liquor-licensed drugstores. Many of the provisions of the bill have now gone into effect as of January 1, 2017. Colorado has two types of licenses that permit the sale of beer, wine, and spirits for off-premises