March Responsible Vendor Initial Training Course

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March’s Responsible Vendor Training Course has been scheduled. Please see below for details.

Monday, March 20, 2017 | 11:00AM-1:30PM
Location: Inga’s Alpine Tavern – 5151 Leetsdale Dr. Denver, CO 80246

Initial certification is for those that are not eligible for re-certification or who have not previously attended a Colorado sanctioned responsible vendor training course. The initial certification class lasts about two and one half hours and requires the passing of a written test at the conclusion of the class.

This training course has been approved by the Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division and meets the requirements of Colorado’s Responsible Vendor Training regulations.

Training class fee is $40.00 per person for those business who want to explore membership in the Tavern League.  Class size is limited to 30 persons with current members having first priority to attend.

Please RSVP to:

Stephanie Fransen at stephanie@thetavernleague.com
                                 or
Rob Lanphier at rblanphier@gmail.com.
 DID YOU KNOW?
 
The on-premise alcohol industry:

Employs over 190,000 people in Colorado.
Accounts for over $6.2 Billion in sales annually
 Generates over $430 Million in local and state sales tax
70% of on-premise alcohol sales are from independent local owners 

2016 Colorado Alcohol Industry Expo!

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Announcing the Colorado Alcohol Industry Expo
presented by
The Tavern League of Colorado!

The Colorado Alcohol Industry Expo is designed to connect vendors and sponsors with the decision makers from locally owned bars and restaurants. Our goal is to provide owners and managers the opportunity to educate themselves on a wide array of vendors for their businesses including: alcohol suppliers, wholesalers, restaurant supplies, legal counsel, restaurant designers, and music/entertainment vendors. The expo will serve as the ideal way for local establishments to test products, learn about specific services, and taste a variety of alcohol from various distributors.

In addition to gaining some excellent insight into alcohol regulation and connecting with Colorado’s phenomenal industry vendors, make this a Sunday Funday and enjoy great food and drinks along with NFL games that will be playing on all TV’s as well as music and mingling with bar and restaurateurs like yourself!
Click Here for more information and how to register!

August Tavern Tips: The Battle for Occasions

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Tavern Tips
August 2016

The Battle for Occasions

Wine and spirits are winning the battle for occasions, both spirits and wine sales are up since 2005 while beer has made a slight jump. While off premise volume and value have increase across the board for beer, wine, and spirits, volume has decreased across the board for on premise. Value also decreased for on premise beer by 1.4% while it increased for on premise wine and spirits by 0.8% and 0.1%, respectively.

A Nielsen study conducted by the Harris Poll (April 22-26, 2016) look at adults age 21 and over who drink beer, wine, or spirits at least several times a year as well as drink when they eat out. The poll concluded that during an evening out at a restaurant or bar where beer, wine, and liquor are served, 27% of adults age 21 and over reported being likely to drink two or more categories, while 12% reported being likely to drink all three categories. Of those falling into the 21-34 age bracket, 31% reported being likely to drink two or more categories in an evening out and 17% reported being likely to drink all three categories.

This cross purchasing trend carried over into off premise locations, as well. The majority of spirit buyers also buy wine and beer (32% buy craft beer), while only 12% of spirit buyers buy only spirits. Similarly, the majority of wine buyers also buy beer (34% buy craft beer) and 49% of them buy spirits. Only 21% of wine buyers purchase wine only. The tendencies to cross purchase and to buy craft beer have both increased in recent years. More research is being done to gauge if certain wine varietals lead to the purchase of certain types of beer and spirits.

It comes as no surprise that in the Denver market, regardless of what else is purchased, beer performance was more resilient than the national average with growth in the craft industry off-setting domestic premium declines. This is also linked to the profound demographic and generational shifts affecting the alcohol industry. Millennials make up a large percentage of the population and their buying trends favor craft products of all kinds. It is key to target Millennials and technology/social media should be leveraged to retain and connect with consumers and their demands for local products, variety and convenience.

Stephanie Fransen
Co-Director
stephanie@thetavernleague.com

DID YOU KNOW?

The on-premise alcohol industry:

Employs over 190,000 people in Colorado.
Accounts for over $6.2 Billion in sales annually
Generates over $430 Million in local and state sales tax
70% of on-premise alcohol sales are from independent local owners

June Tavern Tips: Expanding Penalty Mitigation Through Responsible Vendor Training

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Tavern Tips
June 2016

Responsible Vendor Training in Colorado & HB16-1151
Expanding Penalty Mitigation for Liquor License Violations

Since roughly 2000 Colorado alcohol beverage laws have recognized the value of having alcohol beverage license holders insure that their employees attend a state sanctioned server/seller training course.  CRS 12-47-1002 is called the “Responsible Alcohol Beverage Vendor Act” and it directed the Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division to set standards for compliance with the server and seller training program. In addition, as a result of HB16-1151’s passage, CRS 12-47-601 provides that “when penalizing a vendor who has violated provisions of article 46 of this title and this article that prohibit the service of an alcohol beverage to a minor or visibly intoxicated person, state and local licensing authorities shall consider it a mitigating factor if the vendor is a responsible alcohol beverage vendor as defined by part 10 of this article.”  To qualify as a “Responsible Vendor” a licensee must insure that its resident  on-site owner (if applicable) or a manager, and all employees involved in the sale or service of alcohol beverages have attended a state approved training program within 90 days of hire.

The details of “Responsible Vendor Training” programs in Colorado are found under Liquor Code Regulation 47-605.  In Colorado there are currently 23 training programs that have been approved by the Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division as meeting its training program requirements.  A list of the approved training programs can be found on the Liquor Division’s website, as can the details of the law governing Responsible Vendor Training programs.  The Tavern League has had its training program approved by the Division for several years now and is on the Division’s list of approved programs.  The League teaches what is called a combined program, which means its course is approved for all classes of liquor license holders including on-premises consumption retailers, brew pubs, retail liquor stores, brewers, wineries and 3.2 Beer outlets.

Initial Responsible Vendor Training programs in Colorado are required to be at least two hours in program length and for the program attendees to pass a written test at the end of the program with a score of at least 70%.  Programs must cover a list of core topics outlined in Regulation 47-605. Once a person is certified under a training program their certification is good for three years.

After three years a person can be recertified, recertification programs have no time requirements and do not require the passing of a written test at the end of the class.  A recertification program is a refresher course that covers the key material provided for in the regulation and any recent law changes (past three years).  For example the Tavern League’s recertification program lasts only about an hour.  In addition to attending a recertification course a person can be recertified in one of two other ways:

  • Retake an initial training course and test.
  • Take and pass a written test on Colorado alcohol beverage laws related to responsible vending with at least a 70% score. The test must be administered by a Liquor Division approved training program provider.

Regulation 47-604 while not specific to Responsible Vendor Training programs, provides suggest penalty guidelines for sale to minor compliance check violations that licensing authorities are encouraged to apply when a license fails a compliance check.  For those licensee that have insured that all of their employees have attended a state sanctioned training program these guidelines recommend that these license holders be given a warning or  fines rather than a suspension when a first time compliance check failure occurs. HB16-1151 has also expanded the ability of the Liquor Enforcement Division to, by rule, include other violations of article 46 that qualified Responsible Vendor Training can mitigate. “In addition, the state licensing authority by rule may include other violations of article 46 of this title and this article that licensing authorities shall consider for mitigation if the vendor qualifies as a responsible alcohol beverage vendor.”

The Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division will begin the annual rule review on June 30th. The Tavern League will participate in all rule related meetings and continue to advocate on behalf of Colorado’s on-premises liquor licenses. I will provide updates on any rule changes. Please do not hesitate to reach out via email with any questions or concerns you have.

HB16-1151 Signing Ceremony

2016-03-31 13.59.43

HB16-1151 is a significant step in acknowledging the importance of Responsible Vendor Training and further incentivizes both on and off-premises liquor licensees to train all staff on the safest ways to serve.

Stephanie Fransen
Co-Director
stephanie@thetavernleague.com

DID YOU KNOW?

The on-premise alcohol industry:

Employs over 190,000 people in Colorado.
Accounts for over $6.2 Billion in sales annually
Generates over $430 Million in local and state sales tax
70% of on-premise alcohol sales are from independent local owners

Liquor Enforcement Division 2016 Legislative Summary

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See below for the Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division’s 2016 Legislative Summary. The summary is three pages total, so use the arrows at the bottom of the page to scroll down. The Tavern League will be issuing it’s own Legislative Summary so please stay tuned.

 

May Tavern Tips: Colorado Driver’s License Change

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Tavern Tips
May 2016

Get Familiar with the New Colorado Driver’s License

Recently, the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles changed the look on new driver’s licenses issued in Colorado to incorporate new security features and there have been several media campaigns aimed at providing information to the public about the new licenses.

When a person applies for a new or renewal driver’s license, their old driver’s license is voided and the applicant is provided with a temporary license to use while the permanent license is produced and mailed to the applicant.  Previously, this temporary license was a sheet of paper with the person’s information, which acted as a valid driver’s license as long as it was presented with their recently voided license.

The layout of the design for the new licenses, like the old license, will correspond to card holder’s age:

  • Horizontal Format- Adult
  • Vertical Format – Minor (Under 21 Years of Age)

Under the new change, instead of receiving a sheet of paper with the person’s information, the applicant receives a grayscale paper version of the actual license to be issued.  The new grayscale temporary license by itself is not valid unless presented with the voided license, just as before.

Colorado residents can continue to use their current valid driver licenses, instruction permits and identification cards through their expiration date. The current design will continue to be issued at offices until they have converted to the new equipment and software associated with the new design.

Basic Information

  • New license format implemented statewide beginning April 6, 2016
  • The image of the mountain on the front of the card is Mount Sneffels. Located in the San Juan Mountain Range west of Ouray and north of Telluride, this peak climbs to 14,158 feet making it the 27th tallest mountain in the state.
  • Current cards will remain valid through their expiration date.
  • The fee for a document will not change as a result of this new design.
  • All of the information on the card is laser-engraved and the primary photo will be  grayscale.
  • Temporary documents received in the office will look different, with individuals receiving a foldable temporary card (paper format).  When someone presents a temporary (paper) license for alcohol beverage purchases the Liquor Enforcement Division requires licensees to also ask the purchaser to present their old expired license.
  • Permanent license will be mailed to the license holder, permanent license will be in a hard card format.
  • Layout of the design corresponds to card holder’s age:
    • Horizontal Format – Adult
    • Vertical Format- Minor (Under 21 Years of Age)
  • The star at the top right of the card indicates that your document is a REAL ID. This allows you to use it to enter federal buildings and for air travel. New cards will continue to support organ and tissue donation and have military or veteran identifiers.

For Additional Information:

Liquor Division Position Statement on new temporary licenses

www.colorado.gov/pacific/sites/default/files/LED%20BULLETIN%2016-04%20Temporary%20Drivers%20Licenses.pdf

Department of Revenue Information Concerning the New Driver’s License Format

www.colorado.gov/pacific/dmv/newlook

 

Colorado Legislative Update 4.22.16

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4.22.16  

The 2016 legislative session is entering the homestretch with today marking the 101st day in the 120-day session. A grand total of just under 650 bills have been introduced thus far. With only nineteen days left, we have seen a large number of liquor bills introduced, as well.

After years of anticipation and an extremely contentious campaign, Senator Pat Steadman (D-Denver) has introduced draft legislation that would allow beer, wine and spirits in grocery stores and large retail outlets. This legislation contains a number of concessions from both the large retailers and small liquor stores. A compromise on this issue would potentially eliminate the need for Your Choice Colorado to pursue a ballot measure in November. Multiple polls have shown to be favorable for the campaign to sell full strength beer and wine in all retail locations in the state. The Tavern League has taken a neutral position on this issue. Once the bill in formally introduced, I will include a full analysis.

Legislative News

HB16-1151, Alcohol Beverage Expand Penalty Mitigation (Rep. Pabon, D-Denver; Sen. Holbert, R-Parker) was signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper on March 31st. Stay tuned for pictures of the bill signing ceremony. The bill takes effect August 10, 2016. This is a significant step in acknowledging the importance of Responsible Vendor Training and further incentivizes both on and off-premise liquor licensees to train all staff on the safest ways to serve. The Tavern League hosts Responsible Vendor Initial Training Courses once a month and recertification classes as needed. Please contact Stephanie Fransen at 720-231-5777 or Stephanie@thetavernleague.com for information on upcoming trainings.

HB-16-1401, Retail Food Establishment Licenses and Inspections (Rep. Becker, D-Boulder, Rep. Priola, R-Brighton; Sen. Woods, R-Arvada, Sen. Hodge, D-Brighton) has moved through the legislative process fairly smoothly. This bill seeks to increase the annual license fees for retail food establishments, set a phasing increase of three years as well as prohibit counties from spending the increased revenue on anything other than retail food health-related activities. This bill is a result of an extensive stakeholder process of which The Tavern League was a part of. The stakeholder process was initiated during the 2015 legislative session. The original bill sought to take retail food establishment health inspection fees out of statute and directed to the State Board of Health to impose fees by rule. This would have instituted a system with no legislative oversight or means of recourse by businesses. An annual increase was one element of compromise by the retail food community provided counties adopt certain uniform standards of inspection, etc. HB-1401 is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee Monday, April 25th. The Tavern League has taken a support position on this legislation.

HB16-1439, Lodging and Entertainment Facility License (Rep. Garnett, D-Denver) is scheduled to be heard in the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee on Tuesday, April 26th. This legislation seeks to create a new alcohol beverage license for establishments whose primary business is not the sale of alcohol but currently hold tavern licenses. Establishments include bowling alleys, pool halls and movie theaters. The establishments are still required to pay annual licensing fees and go through a licensed wholesaler. The Tavern League has taken a neutral positon on this bill. HB-1439 is scheduled to be heard in the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee Tuesday, April 26th.

HB16-1445, Prohibit Persons Under 21 At Liquor Stores (Rep. Ryden, D-Aurora) seeks to make it a crime for a person under 21 to enter an off-premises establishment unless the person is accompanied by someone who is over 21. This bill is extremely straight forward and only applies to off-premises retailers. If passed, this bill would close the gap in allowing minors into liquor stores to purchase non-alcohol items such as cigarettes. HB-1445 is also scheduled to be heard on Tuesday, April 26th in the House Business Affairs and Labor Committee.

Upcoming Deadlines

Deadlines are proposed each year to provide a framework for the session.  The constitutionally mandated adjournment is 120 days after the start of the session.  A few notable upcoming dates:

Friday 4/22             Final passage in house of introduction of all bills referred to                                                    the Appropriations Committee in that house
Final passage, including any conference committee report, for any                                        school finance bills
Thursday 5/5         Final passage in second house of all bills referred to                                                              Appropriations Committee in that house
Wednesday 5/11   Adjournment sine die

2016 Legislation to Watch

Check out the link below to see bills of interest to The Tavern League.  This link will remain the same but the attached page will be updated regularly to reflect new bills of interest that have been introduced and where each bill is in the legislative process.

http://www.coloradocapitolwatch.com/bill-analysis/3627/2016/0/

News from the Colorado Capitol

State Legislature Challenges Weld County’s Restaurant Inspection Grading System
A Colorado House Bill aiming to update restaurant inspection regulations is working its way through the legislative process.  The bill is the result of an extensive stakeholder process.

Fort Lyon Bill Passes Senate Committee
Legislators disagree over amendments on a bill regarding the Fort Lyon facility, a center for homeless veterans located in Bent County.

Industrial Hemp Gaining Traction in Colorado’s Agriculture Scene as Viable Crop
Hemp is putting down roots into the state’s agriculture scene, and as it grows, so will the already budding acceptance of the crop.

DID YOU KNOW?

The on-premise alcohol industry:

Employs over 190,000 people in Colorado.
Accounts for over $6.2 Billion in sales annually
Generates over $430 Million in local and state sales tax
70% of on-premise alcohol sales are from independent local owners 

2016 LED On and Off Premises Retailer Training

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The Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division is holding their annual On and Off Premises Retailer Training. If you missed The Tavern League’s Winter Conference, this is a great opportunity to get your questions answered by the experts in Liquor Enforcement. See the flyer below for details.

Compliance Rates for Sale to Minor Compliance Checks

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Compliance Rates for Sale to Minor Compliance Checks

We recently visited the Liquor Enforcement Division’s web site to review its “Sale to Minor Compliance check results for calendar years 2013, 2014 and 2015.  The Division’s web site allows you to review compliance check results for the entire industry, a specific category of license, or for a specific licensed business.  Historically the Colorado Liquor Industry’s rate of compliance was in the range of 80% to 85%.  In the past several years that compliance rate has improved to a rate of around 90% industry wide.  Our Tavern League members typically hold either a Tavern or Hotel and Restaurant class of liquor license.  We thought our members would like to see the compliance rates for these classes of license in comparison with the results of the Colorado liquor industry as a whole.  As you can see from the results in these charts both Tavern and Hotel and restaurant class licensees have a compliance rate is about the same as the overall industry rate of compliance.

Of special note Taverns and Restaurants improved their compliance rates in 2014 by 5.5% and 6.6% respectively.  Compliance rates industry wide dropped slightly in 2015 by about 3%. We are not sure what factors may have been involved that caused this reduction in 2015, but we would urge our members to insure that they keep their staff trained and up to date with Colorado’s liquor laws.  We would like to remind our members that we have both initial and re-certification “Responsible Vendor” training programs available for our members.  Watch our web page and email announcements about upcoming classes.

 

2013 Results

License Class A. Total # of checks failed B. Total # of checks passed C. Total # of checks conducted Rate of compliance B/C
Tavern 37 252 289 87.2%
Hotel and Restaurant 161 893 1054 84.7%
All Industry Members 425 2931 3356 87.3%

 

2014 Results

License Class A. Total # of checks failed B. Total # of checks passed C. Total # of checks conducted Rate of compliance B/C
Tavern 24 306 330 92.7%
Hotel and Restaurant 106 1113 1219 91.3%
All Industry Members 300 3263 3563 91.6%

 

2015 Results

License Class A. Total # of checks failed B. Total # of checks passed C. Total # of checks conducted Rate of compliance B/C
Tavern 33 245 278 88.1%
Hotel and Restaurant 133 1140 1273 89.6%
All Industry Members 431 3238 3668 88.3%