Distributors Raise Three-Tier Concerns in Idaho

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In the wake of Anheuser-Busch InBev’s (ABI) purchase of Bend, Oregon’s 10 Barrel Brewing Co. which operates a brewpub in the state of Idaho, the Idaho Beer & Wine Distributors Association has petitioned the state for a declaratory ruling seeking confirmation of Idaho law that prohibits a brewer producing more than 30,000 barrels from holding a retail, brew pub or wholesale license. Both ABI and 10 Barrel Brewing Co. have an annual production in excess of that limit.