Changes to alcohol policy could mean higher-alcohol beer allowed in Denver parks

Posted at 10:06 AM, Apr 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-02 12:06:05-04

DENVER – Denver’s confusing patchwork of alcohol rules for parks soon could be streamlined in a way that allows more leeway for festivals, races and private events such as weddings to pour beer, wine and liquor.

And when a change in state law takes effect at the start of next year, the elimination of 3.2 percent alcohol beer as a legal category may allow everyday visitors to bring more-potent brews into public parks in Denver. That change also could apply in other cities that have relied on the state definition, unless they change local laws and policies.

Denver’s rewrite of its park alcohol policies was prompted by the end of 3.2 beer in Colorado law, as part of a 2016 bill that will allow more grocery stores to sell full-strength beer and wine. But it also wraps in other requests for change.

The basic idea, according to a city summary, “is to simplify the policy, provide more clarity to users, institute consistency” and accommodate the change in state law.

Denver’s current alcohol policy dates to 2008 and last was revised in 2012.

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