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The Pub / Help Save Colorado Beer Culture
« on: February 17, 2010, 07:21:13 PM »
Dear Colorado Beer Lover:

The Colorado Brewers Guild (CBG) would like your assistance. Two bills are moving in the Colorado Legislature that will make it harder for you to get craft beer in the future and, if you find it, it will probably cost more. Bad news!

By allowing convenience stores and grocery stores to sell full strength beer, HB1186 (the Convenience-Store Bill) and HB1279 (the Grocery-Store Bill) will dramatically change the Colorado beer landscape by allowing corporate store beer buyers to control the majority of shelf space decisions within these outlets.

HB1186 is moving to the House Finance Committee and is scheduled to be heard February 24.

HB1279 is soon to be introduced. All information is enclosed in this communication so you can click and cut & paste to send your message if you choose to take action and help CBG.

1. Please take action and ask for the NO vote for the seventeen legislators listed below. Phone numbers and email addresses are provided. Also find YOUR Colorado Representative and contact him or her. Find your Representative here, or visit http://www.VoteSmart.org enter your zip code and look for your Colorado State Representative found under the State Legislative section.

2. Please leave a voice mail and send an email that says the following to the seventeen representatives (or draft your own message covering these points: Vote NO on HB1186 & HB1279 -- preserve jobs and save my Colorado beer by maintaining vital access to market for my Colorado brewer).

Sample Message:
Dear Representative_____________________,
Please vote NO on HB1186 and HB1279.
My name is ____________________ and I love Colorado craft beer. I need your help. I need you to vote NO on HB1186 the Convenience-Store bill and HB1279 the Grocery-Store bill.
These bills are putting my beer at risk because my favorite brewery is less likely to get vital shelf space if corporate chain stores control the Colorado beer market. If I can’t find my favorite craft beer on the shelf, I can’t buy it. Access to market is critical in the beer industry and these bills move in the wrong direction.
These bills will kill jobs, not grow them.

Please vote NO and preserve primary employer jobs in Colorado. Our brewers make stuff. They brew beer. That’s important. Help Colorado Brewers grow, and grow the state economy.
Colorado is the envy of the nation when it comes to craft beer and these bills will change that. These bills mean less selection and higher prices for Colorado beer lovers, like me, and I am upset.
Please vote NO on HB1186 and HB1279.
Sincerely,
Name
Town
Email
Telephone
_______________________________________________________________
House Finance Committee
Joel Judd
Colorado State Representative, District 5
Capitol Phone: (303)866-2925
E-Mail: repjoeljudd@joeljudd.com
Debbie Benefield
Colorado State Representative, District 29
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2950
E-mail: debbie.benefield.house@state.co.us
Brian DelGrosso
Colorado State Representative, District 51
Capitol Phone: (303)866-2947
E-Mail: brian@briandelgrosso.com
K. Jerry Frangas
Colorado State Representative, District 4
Capitol Phone: (303)866-2954
E-Mail: kjerry.frangas.house@state.co.us
Cheri Gerou
Colorado State Representative, District 25
Capitol Phone: (303)866-2582
E-Mail: cheri.gerou.house@state.co.us
Daniel Kagan
Colorado State Representative, District 3
Capitol Phone: (303)866-2921
E-Mail: repkagan@gmail.com
John Kefalas
Colorado State Representative, District 52
Capitol Phone: 303-866-4569
E-Mail: john.kefalas.house@state.co.us
Jeanne Labudan
Colorado State Representative, District 1
Capitol Phone: (303)866-2966
E-Mail: jeanne.labuda.house@state.co.us
Ellen Roberts
Colorado State Representative, District 59
Capitol Phone: (303)866-2914
E-Mail: ellen.roberts.house@state.co.us
Ken Summers
Colorado State Representative, District 22
Capitol Phone: 303-866-2927
E-mail: ken.summers.house@state.co.us
Spencer Swalm
Colorado State Representative, District 37
Capitol Phone: (303)866-5510
E-mail: spencer.swalm.house@state.co.us
Important Legislators to Contact
Mark Ferrandino
Denver Colorado State Representative, District 2
Capitol Phone: (303)866-2911
E-Mail: mferrandino@yahoo.com
Kathleen Curry
Colorado State Representative, District 61
Capitol Phone: (303)866-2945
E-mail: kathleen.curry.house@state.co.us
Randy Fischer
Deputy Majority Whip Colorado State Representative, District 53
Capitol Phone: (303)866-2917
E-Mail: randy.fischer.house@state.co.us
Bob Gardner
Colorado State Representative, District 21
Capitol Phone: (303)866-2191
E-Mail: bob.gardner.house@state.co.us
Kent Lambert
Colorado State Representative, District 14
Capitol Phone: (303)866-2937
E-Mail: rep.kent.lambert@comcast.net
Jack Pommer
Colorado State Representative, District 11
Capitol Phone: (303)866-2780
E-Mail: jack.pommer.house@state.co.us
Thank you for your help.
John Carlson, CCBS
Executive Director
Colorado Brewers Guild
PO Box 19736
Boulder, CO 80308

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