Colorado state Sen. Chris Holbert said early Monday that he hoped his soon-to-be-introduced effort in the state Legislature to regulate full-strength beer sales at grocery and convenience stores would not turn into “another beer war.”

By the end of the day, however, it appeared that Holbert’s dreams will go unfulfilled.

At an afternoon meeting of 40 stakeholders representing constituencies from grocers to liquor stores to alcohol distributors, the Senate majority leader and his co-sponsor on the bill, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman of Denver, ran into numerous objections about limitations he’s proposed on the amount of beer the stores could sell, the age of clerks selling it and the ability of grocers to deliver beer to customers.

And participants left the gathering questioning whether any bill could get through the Legislature to be signed into law this year or whether it would be left as carnage on a battlefield that has become increasingly hostile between competing interest groups, as competing efforts have been.

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