Lawmakers to hold hearings on 3.2 beer rules

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Colorado lawmakers say they will hold a hearing to determine why Gov. John Hickenlooper, a former brew pub owner, changed rules on the sale of low-strength beer to make it easier for restaurants and liquor stores to sell those brands.

Rep. Larry Liston, R-Colorado Springs, and Rep. Brian DelGrosso, R-Loveland, said Monday they want to know how the rules change occurred and for what purpose.

During his campaign, Hickenlooper vowed to cut government red tape. The two lawmakers will hold a joint House hearing on Tuesday on the changes.

Restaurants and liquor stores for years have sold 3.2 beer and other low-strength brews despite state law that says they can only sell stronger varieties. Under current laws, only convenience stores and groceries can sell low-strength beer.