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Questions about future of 3.2 beer market

The Kansas Senate declined to allow grocery, big-box and convenience stores to sell full-strength beer. That was a win for the status quo, under which only liquor stores can sell full-strength packaged alcohol and other outlets are limited to beer and coolers with a maximum alcohol content of 3.2 percent. But the debate reflected that trouble may be ahead for 3.2 products in Kansas, one of only five states in which 3.2 beer is sold. If ballot questions go to Oklahoma and Colorado voters in November 2016 and are approved, as predicted by some observers, the remaining 3.2 beer states would be Kansas, Utah and Minnesota – a diffuse and inefficient market. – Rhonda Holman