HI Committee Moves Beer Definition Bill

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Advancing from initial House committee consideration, Senate Bill 2354 would 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 bill further authorizes brewpubs to sell beer they manufacture, or beer manufactured on their premises, subject to certain conditions.