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Craft Beer Conundrum: Study Says Breweries Face Barriers

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Craft Beer Conundrum: Study Says Breweries Face Barriers

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Craft Beer Conundrum: Study Says Breweries Face Barriers

Business BERLIN, GERMANY – NOVEMBER 12: A bartender at Hops & Barley brewpub pours a pint of beer on November 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. In a country known for centuries for its beer, several microbreweries have opened within the past year that are not only bending traditional rules on the types of ingredients used, opting for American-style hops such as Amarillo and Cascade instead of German ones, but also moving beyond the official legal doctrine, known as the Reinheitsgebot, or Share

Craft breweries are facing a far more difficult time than they need to, according to a new study from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University .

“‘Build a better mousetrap,’ the old saying goes, ‘and the world will beat a path to your door,’” the study says. “Brew a better beer, however, and regulators will tie your door shut with red tape.”

The study highlights particularly difficult barriers to entry in the state of Virginia, where it is nearly as hard to start a brewery as it is to start a small business in Venezuela and China.

Laws held over from Prohibition make it very difficult for smaller craft breweries to enter the market, while simultaneously giving larger breweries such […]

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