Maryland Beer Bill Postmortem: The Aftermath of Maryland HB 1283

As previously noted on DrinksReform.org, Maryland passed a controversial bill that places a variety of restrictions on brewery taprooms and other brewery operations. DCBeer.com's Greg Parnas has a post up taking an in-depth look at the pros and cons of the bill and what's next for Maryland beer:

"As DCBeer covered last month, this year's Maryland legislative session saw the introduction of several bills that would significantly change brewery regulations in the state. Unfortunately for the craft beer industry, the bill that wound up unanimously passing the House was HB 1283. In its original format, the bill would have limited tap room hours, harmed the practice of contract brewing, made collaborations more difficult, and allowed counties to have far more control in determining whether a brewery would be allowed to conduct on-premise sales at all. After its surprise passage in the House, the bill moved to the Senate, where the Brewers Association of Maryland (BAM) was able to rally its members and alter some of the more objectionable parts of HB 1283. For a good play-by-play breakdown of the legislative fight, take a look at Naptown Pint's coverage.

Thanks to the large number of phone calls from constituents like you, the lobbying efforts of BAM, and pushback from Comptroller Peter Franchot and Governor Larry Hogan; the Senate passed amendments that altered the original House bill considerably. Kevin Atticks, executive director of BAM, made it clear that the breweries were not happy with the bill, but 'we realized that the legislation was going to pass in some form because it was the vehicle to bring Guinness into Maryland, so we moved forward to attempt to amend it.'"...

The whole thing is well worth your time: http://www.dcbeer.com/news/aftermath-maryland-hb-1283

Previous coverage of the Maryland beer beer on DrinksReform.org can be found here, here, and here.