Beer Definition Changes Advance in HI

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Each bill passing its respective chamber, Senate Bill 2354 and companion H.B. 2522 expand the definition of “beer” under the liquor regulatory laws to mean any alcoholic beverage containing no less than 0.5 per cent alcohol by volume obtained by fermentation of any infusion or decoction of malt or any substitute, including alcohol seltzer beverages and excluding sake, cooler beverages, and other distilled products. The bills further authorize brewpubs to sell beer they manufacture, or beer manufactured on their premises, subject to certain conditions.