New legislation could be 'huge for craft brewing industry,' NC lawmaker says
Wlos.com - Fri 15 Mar 03:19 GMT

A bill introduced in the N. C. General Assembly could boost breweries across the state. Supporters believe the Craft Distribution and Modernization Act adjusts current law to promote the growth of small and mid-sized independent breweries. "It's huge for the …

New legislation could be 'huge for craft brewing industry,' NC lawmaker says

  "It's huge for the craft brewing industry," said Rep. Chuck McGrady, of Henderson County, who's one of the sponsors of the bill.

  McGrady said it's a compromise between the beer industry and distributors that will benefit most breweries.

  "Ninety-plus, maybe closer to 100, percent of craft breweries, this will allow them to grow," McGrady said.

  The bill will have less impact on smaller operations like Asheville Brewing Co., but head brewer Pete Langheinrich still sees it as a win-win.

  "Any kind of legislation that tips the scales to independent breweries is a good thing, so that's something we support."