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Liquor License Exemption Higher Education Brewing Program

Concerning an exemption from liquor licensing laws for a brewing program offered by a state institution of higher education.
2016 Regular Session
Higher Education
Liquor, Tobacco, & Marijuana
Bill Summary

State institutions of higher education that engage in manufacturing and tasting of fermented malt beverages, also referred to as '3.2% beer', and malt liquor, also referred to as 'full-strength beer', for teaching or research purposes are afforded an exemption from licensing requirements under the 'Colorado Beer Code' and the 'Colorado Liquor Code'. The exemption applies only if the higher education institution:
  • Does not offer its manufactured beer for sale; and
  • Allows only students enrolled in a brewing class or program, employees engaged in manufacturing and tasting for teaching or research purposes, or expert tasters


Additionally, any unused 3.2% beer or full-strength beer produced by a state higher education institution that remains after the conclusion of an event that is held at a licensed premises located off campus must be removed from the licensed premises.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


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