The R Street Institute’s Western Region Director Steven Greenhut recently submitted testimony before the Montana legislature in support of two bills that would liberalize rules for micro distilleries in the state. One bill (SB 182) would raise the production cap for micro distilleries, while the other (HB 362) would increase the amount of distilled spirits that can be sold for off-premise consumption. As Greenhut articulated:
Montana has a boisterous and growing micro-distillery industry. This is a wonderful development for a variety of reasons. Similar to microbreweries, these businesses tap into growing regional interest in artisanal and craft beverages. These small distilleries epitomize the spirit of entrepreneurship. They create well-paying and interesting jobs. They promote tourism, as visitors love to go to tasting rooms and compare the creative libations distilled in different cities and regions. They also provide new revenue for state and local governments.