As of yesterday, grocery stores (and any store that used to sell 3.2 beer, which is now gone from Colorado) can sell full-strength beer, including our local King Soopers. Beer can be sold from 8am to midnight.
I dropped by to take a look, as I was curious as to what craft beers they would stock. (There are plenty of non-craft beers.) I spotted New Belgium, Oscar Blues, Odell, Avery, Upslope, and Boulder Beer.
In 2016, according to the Brewers Association, the largest craft breweries in Colorado were, from the largest: New Belgium, Oscar Blues, Odell, Left Hand, Avery, Great Divide (Denver), Ska (Durango), Upslope, Crazy Mountain (Denver/Edwards), and Boulder Beer. So 6 of the 7 in Boulder and Larimer counties are represented; only Left Hand is missing. It’s pretty easy to see how King Soopers decided what to stock.
I’m going to visit Gunbarrel Liquor in a day or so to see if they’ve done anything in response, such as increasing their stock of smaller microbrews, like Finkel & Garf, Gunbarrel Brewing, or Wibby, all of which sell beer in cans. If they do, that would be a reason to buy your beer there. (Hazel in Boulder sells Finkel & Garf and Wibby.) UPDATE: Gunbarrel Liquor has a very complete selection.
Note that King Soopers in Gunbarrel doesn’t sell wine or hard liquor. Just beer.