A Win in Kentucky for Small Breweries

The Kentucky Brewers Guild officially formed just under a year ago. Since then, the group has been working to pursue an important part of its mission: “To act as a singular voice and advocate for the Kentucky brewing industry in all pertinent matters of legislation and governmental administration”. The guild recently succeeded in its efforts to pass craft-friendly legislation. Governor Steve Beshear signed a bill that will make it easier for beer to be served in tap rooms. Previously, breweries were required to first transfer the beer to a distributor before serving it on-premise in tap rooms.

Kentucky has been a historically difficult place to pass alcohol legislation. This win will likely be a stepping stone for future lobbying efforts. In turn, the industry will begin to see a legislative environment that allows the brewing community to flourish. Congratulations to the Kentucky Brewers Guild on this success!

Pete serves as programs manager for the Brewers Association, with primary responsibilities in the areas of government affairs and membership programs. He joined the BA at its inception in 2005, having previously worked as programs director for the Brewers Association of America. Before coming to the small brewing industry in 2001, Pete worked for 14 years with both state and federal elected officials in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

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