Grocery-Store Beer vs. Liquor-Store Beer
Sadly yes, there is a difference. Now, I am all too familiar with the difference because I am from Utah and that is all that you can buy unless you go to a state liquor store (which is the only place liquor or wine is available by the bottle). As many of us know, beer differs in many areas, such as heft, taste, and even alcoholic percentage by weight. In Colorado grocery stores, the beer is limited to be 3.2% by volume, which means it may take a while to feel the effects. Most other beers are in the 4-6% by volume range, but once again, I have seen beer as high as 25% by volume.
3.2% beer, or as we call it, three-two beer, is usually only available by the big distributors like Coors, Bud and others. Microbrews and smaller companies generally do not make 3.2% beer, an exception being the Breckenridge Brewery.
If you looking for regular beer or beer of a higher proof, you have to go to a liquor store! Luckily there are three in Keystone. They are the Loveland Pass Liquors, Summit Liquors and Gateway Grocery and Liquor. The first is Gateway Grocery and Liquor, which has a limited selection and limited hours, but is close and convenient and the shuttle can drop you off at the Gateway Lodge and then take you back to River Run or anywhere else you need to go if you do not have a car. The Gateway Grocery and Liquor is located near our main office in the Gateway Lodge complex, or at 23110 Highway 6, very close to the River Run Area!
The next liquor store is called Loveland Pass Liquors and is pretty close to the Gateway property. The address is 22837 U.S. Highway 6 Dillon, CO 80435 and their hours of operation are from 10 AM – 11 PM. Loveland Pass Liquors has one of the better selections of delightful beverages and is a short drive away from many of the properties in Keystone.
The last liquor store in Keystone is Summit Liquors and it (like the others) is located off Highway 6. 21801 U.S. Highway 6, Keystone, CO 80435 and is just East of the other liquor stores, so you’ll probably pass it on your way into Keystone. However, I haven’t been to this one, nor do I know their hours so if you do go, please email me and let me know. Well know you are all educated about beer and liquor stores in Keystone, happy drinking!