In-store liquor sampling under BOCC consideration |

In-store liquor sampling under BOCC consideration

Summit Daily/Reid WilliamsLoveland Pass Liquors owner Paul Sullivan probably won't take advantage of a new law allowing taste-testing for customers due to limited space in the store.

SUMMIT COUNTY – Customers might soon be able to taste their beverage selections before they take them home from liquor stores if commissioners pass a pending resolution.Clerk and Recorder Cheri Brunvand has presented the Board of County Commissioners a resolution that would allow liquor stores patrons to sample alcoholic beverages on store premises. Commissioner Bill Wallace requested a public hearing on the matter before the BOCC considers ratifying the change.

“I feel the public may have an interest in this,” Wallace said. “While I personally have no problem with it, I’m interested to hear both pros and cons.” Although Paul Sullivan, Loveland Pass Liquors manager in Keystone, will most likely not give out samples if the resolution is passed, he thinks it might be advantageous for other stores.”I think it’s a great idea,” Sullivan said. “People will buy more if they can try it first.”

If the resolution passes, then the following regulations would apply: No more than four samples may be consumed by a customer during a tasting, and the samples must be free of charge. Tastings may only occur 104 days each year and may not be held earlier than 11 a.m. nor later than 7 p.m.The statute also allows for the BOCC to impose more strict provisions for the number of tastings per year, the days tastings can occur and the number of hours each tasting may last.

The towns of Breckenridge and Dillon have already adopted such ordinances to allow on-premises alcoholic beverage tastings at liquor stores.In-store liquor tasting is part of House Bill 04-1021 that the Colorado General Assembly recently passed. The bill also amended the legal DUI limit, lowering it from .10 to .08 blood alcohol level (BAC), and allowed for customers to take home their partially consumed bottles of wine from restaurants. Jennifer Huffman can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 248, or at

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