Kansas Gov. Brownback signs law to allow sales of strong beer in grocery stores

Kansans will finally be able to buy beer with over 3.2% alcohol content, now that the governor has signed a bill allowing beers of up to 6% alcohol. Daniel Salazar reports on the story for The Wichita Eagle:

"You will be able to buy stronger beer in Dillons and QuikTrip stores in Kansas in two years.

Gov. Sam Brownback signed a new law Tuesday allowing the sale of stronger beer in grocery and convenience stores in 2019. The Legislature approved the measure earlier this month.

It’s a significant shift in the way the state regulates alcoholic beverages. The bill was touted as a compromise between big box stores and some liquor stores in response to changes in alcohol laws in neighboring Colorado and Oklahoma.

The two sides had waged nearly annual legislative battles in Topeka over various 'Uncork Kansas' bills to allow the sale of strong beer and wine in more stores.

The House substitute for SB 13 will allow grocery and convenience stores to sell beer with an alcoholic content of 6 percent by volume starting in April 2019. Those stores now can sell only beer with an alcoholic content of 3.2 percent by weight..."

Read more at: http://www.kansas.com/news/politics-government/article145319209.html

DrinksReform.org previously highlighted this story when the bill first cleared the Kansas legislature: http://www.drinksreform.org/blog-1/2017/4/7/kansas-house-panel-passes-bill-to-allow-stronger-beer-in-grocery-stores