Five fail alcohol compliance checks |

Five fail alcohol compliance checks

— Five businesses failed alcohol compliance checks last week in Steamboat Springs.

The Colorado Department of Revenue Liquor & Tobacco Enforcement on Dec. 3 checked 18 businesses using a secret shopper. The businesses that failed were Wild Plum, Back Door Grill, West End Liquors, Loaf ‘N Jug and Storm Peak Brewing Company.

The compliance checks involve using someone younger than 21 years old who works with authorities to attempt to buy alcohol. If the underage person is carded, they are told to say they do not have identification.

The businesses that did not comply will likely be fined by the state. There are other consequences, as well.

“I guess some folks lost their jobs over it,” Steamboat Police Chief Cory Christensen said.

Alcohol compliance checks have generated mixed results in Steamboat.

In June 2014, all of the 48 businesses checked during compliance checks passed.

With the most recent checks, the compliance rate was 72 percent. Christensen is not overly concerned and said his department will continue helping the state in conducting more checks.

Christensen said one reason five businesses might have failed is because compliance checks had not been performed in some time, and business owners and employees may have become complacent.

“We want 100 percent compliance, and I know the establishments want the same thing,” Christensen said.

Christensen said they would be working with businesses to make sure personnel know the rules and are properly trained.

“I think compliance checks are a chance for success,” Christensen said. “If establishments are doing what they’ve been trained to do, they’ll be successful.”

Christensen said there are also concerns some businesses may be over-serving alcohol to customers.

“We’ve had some rumblings in the community of over-serving, so we’re asking the state alcohol folks to help us out with that, as well,” Christensen said.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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