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Dear Editor:

I am writing concerning the new Aspen Brewing Company. It is a grassroots (or hops-roots) business that helps add the kind of local character to Aspen we have been losing for years. It’s refreshing to see a couple of local guys take a chance and put together a small local brewery after watching the growth of all the big money chain operations that have so changed our city. They decided to pay the high rent and keep the business in Aspen, not only to keep it truly local but also to allow us the chance to sample their beer.

This is a critical component of their growth, and after reading your article of Jan. 23 about zoning restrictions of one pint per customer per day in the tasting room, I am perplexed why they can’t operate like other brewery tasting rooms. Customers need to be able to taste all their brews to make an educated decision on their favorites. This certainly does not turn the tasting room into a bar, especially if the tasting room is focused, not on entertainment, but on education of the brewing process.

We need to do all we can to support our small, local businesses such as Aspen Brewing Company. With the high cost of operations in Aspen, they are very fragile. And if we don’t, the consequences are the continued loss of real character in our city.

John M. Allman

Snowmass Village

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