Last Friday, March 20, Colorado Governor Jared Polis issued an executive order, permitting additional Colorado liquor licensees to deliver alcohol beyond those traditionally allowed to deliver alcohol until April 18. We’ve been stacking up posts on how COVID-19 has exposed many holes in America’s state alcohol laws. In fact, before the coronavirus crisis, only 12 states were allowing for some method of delivery of all alcohol with 31 states allowing wine and beer to be purchased and shipped to consumers’ homes.
“Many of the state’s breweries rely solely on sales directly to consumers in their taprooms and brewpubs,” said Shawnee Adelson, executive director of the Colorado Brewers Guild, in the press release. “Thanks to Governor Polis and the Liquor Enforcement Division, breweries are now temporarily allowed to deliver beer directly to consumers, helping the small businesses survive this unprecedented time. We at the CBG appreciate the Governor’s and LED’s rapid efforts to work with us on this important initiative for breweries and craft beer supporters.”
A list of breweries already offering beer to go is available at coloradobeer.org.
- Breweries may deliver beer manufactured on-site in sealed containers.
- Brewpubs may deliver any alcohol from their inventory provided it is in a sealed container and provided that the sale is accompanied by the sale of food (alcohol and food must be on the same receipt).
- To comply with the delivery requirements, all breweries must take the order via telephone, online, in person, or third party vendor. Name, address, and DOB of the person placing the order at the time of order must be obtained, and this information must be verified on delivery.
- All deliveries must be made by employees of the brewery. This means that no third party vendors may be used for delivery of alcohol.