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Arkansas Homebrew Bill Signed

Signed into law, House Bill 1877 authorizes a manufacturer of home-brewed beer to remove home-brewed beer from the manufacturer’s premises for personal or family use, including organized affairs, exhibitions, competitions, and tastings.

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CA Glassware Giveaway Legislation Considered

Passing initial committee consideration, A.B. 1133 seeks to allow a beer manufacturer, without direct or indirect charge, to give up to five cases of retail advertising glassware to an on-sale retail licensee, per license location, …More

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Minimum Production Bill Advances in CA Senate

Awaiting a full Senate vote, Senate Bill 21 seeks to lower the required minimum brewing production of a brewpub-restaurant licensee from 200 barrels per year to 100 barrels per year.

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CA Beer Definition Bill Passes Assembly

Passing the Assembly, A.B. 205 seeks to revise the definition of beer to also provide that beer that includes honey, fruit, fruit juice, fruit concentrate, herbs, spices, or other food materials, as adjuncts in …More

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Michigan Proposal Seeks .05 BAC

House Bill 4420 seeks to lower the blood alcohol concentration threshold for driving under the influence from 0.08 to 0.05.

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Oregon Farm Brewery Bill Amended

Amended prior to passing the Senate, S.B. 287 establishes standards for establishment of farm breweries on lands zoned for exclusive farm use or mixed farm and forest use for breweries that annually produce under 150,000 …More

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Self-Distribution Bill Fails to Clear TN Committee

Failing to advance from committee, S.B. 217 sought to allow beer manufacturers to self-distribute beer within a 100-mile radius of the manufacturer if the manufacturer brews 50,000 gallons or less annually.

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ABV Legislation Goes to Governor

Passing both legislative chambers, S.B. 132 changes the definition of beer to increase the ABW from 3.2% to 4.8% (4% ABV to 6% ABV).

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ABV and Growler Changes Clear WV Legislature

Passing both chambers of the legislature, Senate Bill 529, among a variety of provisions, removes the two-growler limit per patron per day for licensees who sell growlers for off premises consumption; increases allowable growler size …More

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