State report recommends allowing 3.2 beer sellers to automatically switch to full-strength brews

Lawmakers now get to decide how to handle the transition away from 3.2 beer.

The 7-Eleven near the National Western Complex, Elyria Swansea, June 14, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) national western complex; elyria swansea; development; kevinjbeaty; denver; denverite; colorado;
The former 7-Eleven near the National Western Complex, Elyria Swansea, June 14, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The state agency that oversees alcohol licenses in Colorado published a report this month recommending that hundreds of gas stations and grocery stores currently stocking 3.2 beer be able to automatically switch to full strength sales in 2019.



Denver’s honkytonks changed after country music’s heyday

As more residents flocked to the area and the city pushed past its rural roots country bars either faded away or adapted to meet the new market.

Erica Denney a d David Truong dance on a Friday night at the Cowboy Lounge, Jan. 5, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) bars; nightlife; entertainment; dancing; denver; colorado; lodo; downtown; kevinjbeaty; denverite;
Erica Denney and David Truong dance on a Friday night at the Cowboy Lounge, Jan. 5, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

“I walked around the sad honkytonks of Curtis Street; young kids in jeans and red shirts; peanut shells, movie marquees, shooting parlors. Beyond the glittering street was darkness, and beyond the darkness the West. I had to go.” — Jack Kerouac, “On the Road”


Denver officials don’t want to see Stockyard Inn and Saloon leave National Western center

Denver is looking to buy the land where the Stockyard Saloon sits and hopes to keep the business on site.

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Stockyard Inn and Saloon at 4701 National Western Drive on National Western campus, Dec. 12, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

For some visitors, the Stockyard Inn and Saloon as much a part of the National Western Stock Show as the rodeo events and livestock.