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Old 04-30-2007, 11:59 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma City area
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We lived in Oklahoma for 60 years and were always disappointed with the brewpubs. The alcohol content is so low that the beers didn't develop a lot of flavor. Now that we're in Washington, one of the few things we like is the beer - the flavor and richness. (It's also been nice to pick up a bottle of wine in the grocery store.)

It sounds like Colorado liquor laws are very restrictive, like Oklahoma's. What's the allowable alcohol content of beer sold in liquor stores? What about brewpubs?
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Old 05-01-2007, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Default Colorado Liquor laws

I think the only restriction is that the alcohol content of grocery store beer cannot exceed 3.2% You can even buy this wretched stuff on Sunday.

You must buy real beer at the liquor store, but never on Sunday! If its alcohol content exceeds 7%, it is called ale.
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Old 05-01-2007, 09:54 AM
 
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Default 3.2% vs. 6%--exploding the urban myth

As has been posted earlier beer sold in grocery stores is "3.2%" alcohol content, liquor stores sell "6%" alcohol content. "3.2%" has no taste, no punch, etc., right? Well, it's mostly psychological. Here's why: 3.2% alcohol-content beer contains 3.2% alchohol BY WEIGHT; 6% alchohol-content beer contains 6.0% alcohol BY VOLUME. If you measure the alcohol content of "6%" beer by WEIGHT--guess what, it comes out about 3.6% or so. Not much difference between the two. A "secret" from a friend who worked for years in a Colorado brewery.
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Old 05-01-2007, 02:34 PM
 
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As has been posted earlier beer sold in grocery stores is "3.2%" alcohol content, liquor stores sell "6%" alcohol content. "3.2%" has no taste, no punch, etc., right? Well, it's mostly psychological. Here's why: 3.2% alcohol-content beer contains 3.2% alchohol BY WEIGHT; 6% alchohol-content beer contains 6.0% alcohol BY VOLUME. If you measure the alcohol content of "6%" beer by WEIGHT--guess what, it comes out about 3.6% or so. Not much difference between the two. A "secret" from a friend who worked for years in a Colorado brewery.
Thanks for that tidbit.... just all the more reason to chuck the Blue Laws, which we did in VA... 30 years ago.
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Old 05-01-2007, 02:58 PM
 
Location: The 719
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Default beer

When it came to beer, I just drank the stuff. I liked some better than others.

If I drank Elephant Malt Liquor, my alarm clock didn't work the next morning.

I believe that these "Ice" beers that were popular when I last drank beer had about 5.1% by whatever. PBR and Old Style had a slightly higher content of alcohol than your standards: Coors original, Bud, or Miller High Life.

I do remember 3.2% tasting like snake puke and my head and other parts would pound uncontrollably the next morning- although purely psychological.

In Nevada, you can (or at least could) buy Cuervo Gold from the gas station at 3:30am on a Sunday.
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Old 05-01-2007, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Thanks for that tidbit.... just all the more reason to chuck the Blue Laws, which we did in VA... 30 years ago.
The liquor store owners love the Blue Laws. They all get Sunday off, and no competition from Wal-Mart!

I'll bet they are big political contributors!
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Old 05-01-2007, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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As has been posted earlier beer sold in grocery stores is "3.2%" alcohol content, liquor stores sell "6%" alcohol content. "3.2%" has no taste, no punch, etc., right? Well, it's mostly psychological. Here's why: 3.2% alcohol-content beer contains 3.2% alchohol BY WEIGHT; 6% alchohol-content beer contains 6.0% alcohol BY VOLUME. If you measure the alcohol content of "6%" beer by WEIGHT--guess what, it comes out about 3.6% or so. Not much difference between the two. A "secret" from a friend who worked for years in a Colorado brewery.
3.2 % Alcohol by weight does not equal 6% A.B.V., it equals only 4% A.B.V.

6% Alcohol by volume is equal to 4.8% alcohol by weight.

Regular beer here in Canada is "5% to 5.5% ABV," equal to "4% to 4.4% ABW."
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Old 05-01-2007, 05:19 PM
 
Location: The 719
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Thanks to Walmart, they'd be done.

There's this Liquor Store on North Federal. I was driving a co-worker from our Lakewood site up to Longmont and I thought I'd show him the old neiborhood. I was trying to point out that Sundstrand was up the way and that I used to live right by there. He looked to his left and just started bustin up. I said "What"? He said "Look at the name of that Liquor Store.

Liquor Box.

Anybody remember Phar-Mor?
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Old 05-01-2007, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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Thanks for that tidbit.... just all the more reason to chuck the Blue Laws, which we did in VA... 30 years ago.
I've never understood why laws like this stick around. Who is being protected by only allowing grocery stores to sell a certain type of beer and only there on Sunday? If liquor stores don't want to be open on Sunday, they don't have to be. Its called a free market economy. Stupid laws suck.
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Old 05-01-2007, 08:25 PM
 
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3.2 % Alcohol by weight does not equal 6% A.B.V., it equals only 4% A.B.V.

6% Alcohol by volume is equal to 4.8% alcohol by weight.

Regular beer here in Canada is "5% to 5.5% ABV," equal to "4% to 4.4% ABW."
Thanks for good info...and here's a toast to the land of Molson. Ahhhh
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