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3.2 Beer is gone, but Colorado didn’t notice – sales jumped in January

Joey Lash, assistant store director at Durango’s Albertsons, arranges all the different full strength beers on Jan. 2 in the store.

Colorado beer sales set a new monthly record in January.

When grocery and convenience stores started stocking full-strength and craft beers, it wasn’t clear how Colorado’s beer market would respond. New numbers offer the first piece of evidence: sales jumped 20 %.

CPR uses the taxable gallons number from the state Department of Revenue as a proxy for sales volume. The state reports it taxed 9.8 million gallons of beer in January. That’s 1.6 million more than January of 2018.

Read the Rest of thestory at Colorado Public Radio.