In April 2015, Colorado created the Distillery Pub license – which operates similarly to a Colorado Brew Pub license. Like the Colorado Brew Pub license, the Colorado Distillery Pub license is a retail level liquor license and will go through the same process as a Colorado brew pub license and a obtain both a state and local license (and of course Federal) after demonstrating that the distillery pub meets the reasonable requirements and the desires of the adult inhabitants of the neighborhood in which it will be situated.
A Colorado Distillery Pub license would operate similar to a Colorado Brew Pub license in that the licensee must:
Gross at least 15% of on-premises food and drink income from the sale of food;
Limit wholesale sales of spirits it ferments and distills on the licensed premises to not more than 2,700 liters per product per year; and
Limit its total annual production of spirits to 45,000 liters (5,000 cases).
A Colorado Distillery Pub licensee is subject to state and local annual licensing fees .
Additionally, similar to Colorado Brew Pub licensees, a Colorado Distillery Pub licensee may own or have a financial interest in another alcohol beverage licensee authorized to serve alcohol for on-premises consumption.
Caution! Distilling spirits is a minefield at the Federal (TTB) level and you should speak with an attorney before manufacturing ANY distilled spirit – even for experimentation purposes and even in your home.
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Updated March 2017.