Charlotte breweries want to expand. But a big campaign donor is getting in the way.

Jim Morrill of The Charlotte Observer reports:

John Marrino opened what’s now Charlotte’s largest craft brewery in 2009. But to expand, he’s going up against an industry that has brewed its own success – with campaign contributions.

Last year the stainless steel tanks at Marrino’s Olde Mecklenburg Brewery produced more than 21,000 barrels of beer. But that’s close to North Carolina’s 25,000-barrel limit for craft brewers. Even one barrel above that would push him into a forced and potentially costly marriage with one of the state’s big beer distributors.

Now Marrino and the owners of Charlotte’s NoDa Brewery are behind the latest push to raise the cap...

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