02/16/2011 10:23 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

'Low-Alcohol' Beer Bill Advances In Colorado Legislature

The Colorado legislature advanced a bill this week that would change the Colorado Liquor Code to allow bars and restaurants to sell 'low-alcohol content' beer at bars.

In 2010, advocates for convenience and grocery stores, who have long been banned from selling beer stronger than 4% alcohol by volume, successfully lobbied the legislature to start enforcing a statute that prevented bars and restaurants from selling beer with less than 4% alcohol by volume.

In December, after a drafting period, the Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division released the new guidelines, which effectively enforced the rule that prevented the sale of weaker beers for consumption at restaurants and bars. Sporting venues and brewpubs were exempt from the new guidelines.

Among the beers that are now technically illegal for bars to serve under these rules are Murphy's Irish Stout and Corona Light.

On Tuesday, Senate Bill 60, which would once-again allow restaurants and bars to start serving weak beer, cleared the Senate Local Government and Energy Committee.

The bill will now be considered on the Senate floor.