The Beer Battle: Hundreds Crowd Capitol

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Hundreds of people have crowded the State Capitol for a hearing on whether supermarkets and convenience stores should be able to sell full-strength beer.

About 300 people packed a main hearing room and a spillover room to listen to debate this afternoon. About 100 others milled around in the hallway. Supermarkets and convenience stores are currently only allowed to sell beer with 3.2 percent alcohol content. But they say not many people are buying now that liquor stores are open Sundays.

Lawmakers rejected a similar proposal last year due to opposition from liquor store owners and some craft brewers.

Some brewers fear supermarkets will stock their shelves with big-market names rather than take chances on new or distinctive beers.

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