Tastings Permit

An alcohol beverage tastings permit allows a retail liquor store or liquor-licensed drugstore to conduct sample tastings of alcohol within their establishment. 

How to Submit an Application

There are several ways to submit a new or renewal application to the Department of Excise and Licenses. If renewing, include your business file number.

  1. All license applications not available online can be submitted by email to EXLSubmit@denvergov.org. When applying, attach all documents to one email. Visit the email application process page for more information.
  2. You can mail your application with fees to:

City and County of Denver
Department of Excise and Licenses
201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept. 206
Denver, CO 80202

Make checks payable to: Manager of Finance

3. You can pay fees online or by phone after the application has been submitted. You will receive an invoice and you can pay virtually. Visit the online payment process page for more information.

For questions, email licenses@denvergov.org or call 311.

How to Get a Tastings Permit

Policies and procedures

  • Tastings cannot be conducted without a valid tastings p.
  • Tastings permits can be issued only to:

                    a)  Liquor licensed drugstores

                    b)  Retail liquor stores

  •  Applications must be filed no fewer than 14 days before the date of the first tasting.
  • Tastings permit applications must include a schedule of the dates and times all tastings will be held. 
  •  Additions or changes to the schedule must be filed no fewer than 14 days before the dates are added or changed.
  •  Tastings will be conducted no earlier than 11a.m. or later than 9p.m. The licensee will not serve more than four individual  samples to a patron during a tasting event. Tastings can occur any day of the week, not to exceed more than 156 days per year. 
  •  Evidence that the person conducting the tastings has completed a server training program that meets the state liquor  enforcement  standards. (A copy of the valid completion certificate must be filed with the application.)

Step 1: Required documents

  • Make sure no staples are in the documents.
  • Tastings permit application(PDF, 134KB)
  • A complete schedule of the dates and times all tastings will be held.
  • Evidence that the person conducting the tastings has completed a server training program that meets the state liquor enforcement standards. (A copy of the valid completion certificate must be filed with the application.)

Step 2: Fees

Application fee: $25

Permit fee: $75

Fees can be paid with cash, check, money order or credit card. Checks should be made payable to the Manager of Finance.

 

 

Step 3: Get your license

Email the Department of Excise and Licenses at licenses@denvergov.org that you want your license emailed to you when all of the steps below have been completed.  

  1. All documents required for the license are complete and submitted to the office.
  2. The background check, if applicable, is accepted and approved.
  3. Fees are paid in full.
  4. All required inspections, if applicable, are passed.
  5. All approvals are given by the local offices.

You should stay in touch with the Department of Excise and Licenses during the application process as each step can vary from the general steps described herein depending on your particular circumstances.

 

Renew Tastings Permit

Required documents

  • Tastings permit application(PDF, 134KB)
  • A schedule of the dates and times tastings will be held.
  • Evidence that the person conducting the tastings has completed a server training program that meets the state liquor enforcement standards. (A copy of the valid completion certificate must be filed with the application.)

Renewal fees

Permit fee: $75

Fees can be paid with cash, check, money order or credit card.  Checks should be made payable to the Manager of Finance.

Late renewals

Licenses must be renewed on or before the expiration date to avoid penalty fees.

90-Day grace period

There is a 9- day grace period from the expiration date during which licenses can be renewed for a penalty fee.

Late application fee:  $500 made payable to the Manager of Finance

After 90 days:  Licensees must apply for a new license

 

Renewal policies

Department of Excise and Licenses inspectors will attempt to locate and notify business license holders of the approaching expiration date.  Failure of an inspector to notify a delinquent licensee that their license has expired does not excuse the licensee from any applicable late penalty.