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Colorado grocery, convenience stores are now selling full-strength beer

Grocery store chains were previously able to operate a liquor shop at just one of their locations in the state. Now, they can own up to five licenses.

Cases of beer line the shelves at the King Sooper's in Denver's Capitol Hill neighborhood on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (Jesse Paul, The Colorado Sun)

There are more places to buy regular beer in the New Year in Colorado.

Grocery and convenience stores are now able to sell full-strength beer under a state law that took effect Tuesday. Previously, they had only been allowed to stock beer that was 3.2 percent alcohol by weight.

MORE: The end of 3.2 beer in Colorado: What to know about the law taking effect Jan. 1, 2019

Liquor stores will still sell beer too and will be the only places to buy wine and liquor in Colorado under compromise legislation passed by lawmakers in 2016.

Grocery store chains were previously able to operate a liquor shop at just one of their locations in the state. Now, they can own up to five licenses.


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