Maryland Comptroller Unveils Legislative Proposal

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Comptroller Peter Franchot announced a legislative proposal that would reform the laws and regulations governing the state’s craft breweries. The Reform on Tap Act of 2018 proposes to: remove all limits on beer production, taproom sales, and take-home sales; repeal the buy-back provision that requires brewers to purchase their beer from distributors if they exceed the current 2,000 barrel limit on taproom sales; lift restrictions on take-home sales; guarantee the issuance of Class B and D beer licenses to microbreweries on request; allow local jurisdictions to set guidelines for taproom operating hours; allow smaller breweries to self-distribute; eliminate franchise laws for certain brewers; and remove restrictions on contract brewing.