Connecticut Anti-Craft Beer Legislation Dead For Now

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Connecticut lawmakers have been considering legislative proposals that would force Connecticut brewers to choose between on-premise beer sales or off-premise beer sales, a restriction that would have severely handicapped beer makers in the state. According to the Hartford Courant, the legislation has been dropped (for now):

A battle is brewing between Connecticut’s growing craft beer industry and liquor wholesalers, beer distributors and retailers, who question whether the smaller brewers are following laws regarding how much beer they can sell, and at what price.

The concerns from the wholesalers, distributors and retailers led to a pair of proposed bills that craft breweries saw as an outright attack on the industry, which has grown in Connecticut from a handful to more than 80 in the last several years. One bill would require breweries to choose between on-site or off-site sales, meaning taprooms would have to be closed to sell beer in package stores, restaurants and bars…

The outcry from the brewers resulted in state Rep. Brandon McGee, D-Hartford, and state Sen. Doug McCrory, D-Hartford, dropping their proposals, but McCrory said the conflict between the craft brewers and the distributors, wholesalers and retailers needs to be addressed…

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