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Hickenlooper signs bill that allows CO wineries new packaging options

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a historic bill today at The Infinite Monkey Theorem Winery that will allow Colorado wineries to bottle, can or keg wines from other wineries, a law that is expected to foster significant growth in the wine industry here.

The changes were spurred by Ben Parsons, owner of The Infinite Monkey Theorem, a Denver operation that is at the forefront of kegging and canning wines in Colorado.
To thank Gov. Hickenlooper for the support, the Colorado Association for Viticulture & Enology (CAVE) and The Infinite Monkey Theorem presented him with a wine tap and wine keg to take back to the Governor’s Mansion.

“We are thrilled with the efforts of our board member, Ben Parsons, to push for this new law,” said Cassidee Shull, CAVE executive director. “The freedom this allows for our wineries to package and ship wine in kegs will really change the way we do business. We are also pretty excited that there will now be Colorado wine on tap at the Governor’s Mansion.”

Sponsored by Rep. Angela Williams, D-Denver, and Sen. Cheri Jahn, D-Wheat Ridge, House Bill 14-1034 enables Colorado wineries to bottle, box or can other winery’s products, including from out-of-state producers, before being distributed locally or regionally. The bill is expected to create opportunities for significant growth at both the Colorado winery and overall industry level.

The Infinite Monkey Theorem has been one of the most aggressive wineries in the state in terms of packaging its wines in kegs, cans and other unique enclosures. Parsons expects this new law to add jobs in the wine industry, and his company is already planning on hiring 10 new employees to help grow the packaging side of his business.

The Infinite Monkey Theorem will be host to the Farm-to-Turntable Keg Wine Party to kick off Colorado Wine Week on June 1, a benefit for CAVE and Heroes Like Us. It will feature five Colorado wineries on tap, several top Denver restaurants, including Work + Class and Comida, and a DJ-inspired dance party.

The Colorado Association for Viticulture & Enology (CAVE) is a member-based association that exists to encourage and support enology and viticulture in Colorado. CAVE promotes the interests of Colorado grape growers and wineries in legislative and political matters, provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, and disseminates current information pertaining to optimum winemaking and agriculture practices for vineyards in the area. CAVE seeks to establish contacts and relationships with other associations, both regional and statewide, to further development and growth of the industry. Learn more by clicking here.

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