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Old 02-16-2007, 05:13 AM   #1
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Just moved to Colorado. Might as well be Utah. They say that you can only buy 3.2 beer in the grocery stores here. So I see all the big brands in full strength and lite (GHTs included)...

For a minute, I think that it was all a conspiracy and that all the major brands are 3.2 beers. Bud, Miller and Coors light taste watered down enough. You can drink 12 of them and sill pee straight! They could be...? Right?

Then I go on realbeer.com and check out the percentages and I was surprised to see Budwiser at 5%. What gives? Do the major breweries really brew special batches with lower alcohol content for Utah and Colorado grocery stores? Or, am I confused about Colorado's laws? When I buy cheap beer at the liquor store, am I buying 3.2?


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Old 02-16-2007, 05:18 AM   #2
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I love how people make fun of utah like its the only state with tough alcohol laws.


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Old 02-16-2007, 05:21 AM   #3
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That just seems wierd with all the small/mid size brewery's in CO. Don't know the answer though other than yep, BMC's make 3.2 for these states. But, since you're here, I assume you brew?
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Yah, I moved to Oklamhoma after going to school in Indiana. I was drinking Buds at home wondering if I was turning into an alky. Drink a 12r w/o issue. I used to go out on Mondays after work and put down 2-3 large mugs at a place called Garfield's then come home feeling like a lightweight.

I mentioned this to somebody at work and I was told about the 3.2 at grocery store and like 4.8 at the bar. I though OK that explains it to me.

I though it was really stupid. Let people drink low ABV at home but let them drive home with higher ABV from the bar or resturant.

It would be so easy to get a DUI this way. Its really a$$backwards.
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Old 02-16-2007, 05:33 AM   #5
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That just seems wierd with all the small/mid size brewery's in CO. Don't know the answer though other than yep, BMC's make 3.2 for these states. But, since you're here, I assume you brew?
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Yea man, i live in washington state and our beer sux here. My pops is from South Dakota, where you can get some "high-point" beer as they call it. Its impressive. You think you only drink a 6-pack but its all of a half case washington beer. Odd thing is, its the same beer, bud light, coors light, all those are just pumped full of booze compared to wash, ore, idaho. no clue about the brewery thing, but im sure it is since they are high alk content. We just have more micro brewerys than you can shake a stick at around here so i enjoy their beer. Soon to enjoy my own.
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I couldn't believe it when I heard it, but it seems this is the case:

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Today the term "near beer" has been revived by some people to refer to modern versions of non-alcoholic beer. The term is also sometimes used derisively to refer to beer deliberately brewed with lower alcohol content. For example, in some jurisdictions (Minnesota, Colorado and Utah, for example), beer sold in some establishments (such as supermarket chains and convenience stores) must be less than 3.2% ABW (4% ABV). This style of reduced alcohol beer is also referred to as 3.2 beer (Minnesota has a full-service alcohol license, permitting sales of beers up to the normal alcohol level, but 3.2 licenses are easier to obtain).
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Back in the day we had 3.2 nightclubs that you had to be eighteen to enter. Lots of them had drink and drown nights. I can tell you that it is very possible to get s*** faced if you drink enough 3.2 beer. What a god awful hang over though.

Then there was the Bare and Boogie 3.2 strip club...
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Yea man, i live in washington state and our beer sux here. My pops is from South Dakota, where you can get some "high-point" beer as they call it. Its impressive. You think you only drink a 6-pack but its all of a half case washington beer. Odd thing is, its the same beer, bud light, coors light, all those are just pumped full of booze compared to wash, ore, idaho. no clue about the brewery thing, but im sure it is since they are high alk content. We just have more micro brewerys than you can shake a stick at around here so i enjoy their beer. Soon to enjoy my own.
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Yah, I moved to Oklamhoma after going to school in Indiana. I was drinking Buds at home wondering if I was turning into an alky. Drink a 12r w/o issue. I used to go out on Mondays after work and put down 2-3 large mugs at a place called Garfield's then come home feeling like a lightweight.

I mentioned this to somebody at work and I was told about the 3.2 at grocery store and like 4.8 at the bar. I though OK that explains it to me.

I though it was really stupid. Let people drink low ABV at home but let them drive home with higher ABV from the bar or resturant.

It would be so easy to get a DUI this way. Its really a$$backwards.
Yep, still is. However there is that is supposedly circulating a petition to get a bill on the ballot that let's you sell wine or strong beer at grocery stores. They're not doing a very good job, though. I've been trying to track them down for several months, but can't.


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