ND bill would allow microbreweries to sell limited amounts of their own product directly

FARGO, N.D. (AP) – A proposal in the North Dakota Legislature would allow microbreweries to peddle a certain amount of beer on their own – and it has the support of the distributors.

The bill would create a brewer taproom license that would let craft beer makers distribute up to 25,000 barrels of malt beverages a year. That’s about 50,000 kegs, or 775,000 gallons, of beer.

Janet Seaworth of the North Dakota Beer Distributors Association says the plan will help small brewers while preserving the state’s right to regulate alcohol. She says successful brewers will find they need distributors.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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