Major compromise reached on controversial Nevada beer bill

Mike Higdon reports for the Reno Gazette-Journal:

"Nevada lobbyists made major amendments on Monday to the controversial bill that proposed limiting brew pubs to two locations and shrunk the amount of beer they could sell at retail...

Assembly Bill 431, which got a committee hearing in the Legislature on Monday, no longer limits brew pubs to two locations, giving them the potential to open an unlimited number of locations statewide.

The bill also raises the volume cap — or the amount of beer craft brewers can make each year — from 15,000 barrels to 40,000 barrels per year and ups the retail limit from 2,000 barrels to 5,000 barrels a year, despite there being no current limit on retail sales.

The bill also added a major provision allowing brewers, wineries and distillers to sell beer at farmer's markets, something they've all wanted for a long time. However, it limits that to 20 days per year with the use of a special permit..."

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