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Bill amended to allow craft brewers to increase beer production

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Bill amended to allow craft brewers to increase beer production

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Bill amended to allow craft brewers to increase beer production

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Craft brewers have compromised on a bill that would allow them to increase production

The production cap for microbreweries would increase to 200,000 barrels from 40,000 barrels

The bill would allow brewers to grow without divesting of their restaurants and bars

Arizona’s craft breweries have compromised on a bill that will allow them to produce more beer than currently allowed in the state while maintaining their restaurants and bars.

The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild is pushing for a change in state law this year that would clarify that the nearly 60 microbreweries could maintain restaurants and bars after exceeding a certain amount of production. Senate Bill 1030 was held up last month in a committee when the bill’s opponents raised questions about its legality.The Guild then compromised on an amendment, which passed its first test Monday while advancing unanimously through the Senate committee where it had been held up. The bill’s sponsor is Sen. Kelli Ward, R-Lake Havasu City.The new bill language will allow microbreweries to produce as much as 200,000 barrels of beer annually among multiple locations. The cap is 40,000 barrels today. A barrel […]

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