Kentucky Close to Allowing More On-Premise Sales for Breweries


It's no secret that bourbon is king in Kentucky, so perhaps it's also not a surprise that beer often gets second billing in the Bluegrass State. But there's signs that state lawmakers may be starting to level the playing field for brewers. According to, legislators are close to passing a bill that would allow Kentucky breweries to sell more beer from their taprooms (although the bill still maintains a cap on such on-premise sales):

"A bill raising the cap on how much packaged beer can be bought from Kentucky microbreweries is nearing final passage from the state legislature.

The measure would allow customers to take home up to 31 gallons of beer — the equivalent of two kegs — from microbreweries. Currently the limit is two dozen 12-ounce beers, or a little over two gallons.

Adam Watson, co-owner of Against the Grain Brewery in Louisville, said the measure would help boost sales out of their breweries and beyond...

Since Prohibition, Kentucky’s (and most other states’) laws require alcohol brewers, distributors and retailers to be independent entities to prevent monopolies — the so-called 'three-tiered system'

The original version of the bill would have totally eliminated the cap for how much packaged beer microbreweries can sell on site — but was scaled back after pushback from distributors and retailers, who said brewers shouldn’t be allowed to “skip” the other tiers..."

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