"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."