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.