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ND bill would allow brew pubs to distribute beer

January 25, 2013 • Business


Michael Frohlich, co-owner of Laughing Sun Brewing Co., checks out one of his brews in his downtown Bismarck tap room on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. North Dakota craft beer makers have been pushing for a law that would allow microbreweries to peddle a certain amount of ale to restaurants and bars without paying a distributor. They might be finally tasting success this legislative session. (AP Photo, James MacPherson)

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota craft beer makers who have been foaming at the mouth for legislation that would allow microbreweries to peddle a certain amount of ale to restaurants and bars without paying a distributor may finally be tasting success.

A proposal shot down in various forms the last few years is now being supported by beer distributors, who are in favor of small brewers rolling out the barrels and helped write the bill.

“Once they’re successful, I think, most brewers find that they need distributors because they just don’t have the capacity to get it all to market,” said Janet Seaworth, executive secretary and legal counsel for the North Dakota Beer Distributors Association.

The bill would create a brewer taproom license that would let companies produce up to 25,000 barrels of malt beverages a year. That’s about 50,000 kegs, or 775,000 gallons, of Login to read more

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