Friday, August 5, 2011

An Update on the Farmer-Brewer Issue

Treasurer Steve Grossman offers hope of rescue for craft beer industry from his agency’s red tape

So, yesterday's post about the Alcohol Beverages Control Commission (ABCC) was no mistake; however, it may have been an instant knee jerk reaction to a preposterous idea. Thanks to the ladies at Craft Beer Cellar for posting a link to this article on their Facebook page, it seems that Massachusetts' State Treasurer Steve Grossman had no idea that the ABCC was modifying their requirements for breweries to produce 50% of their hops and barley to qualify for a farmer-brewer license. Grossman has to approve any changes, which if passed, this new requirement would hurt incredibly - but, according to the article he is on the side of small business.

There's a meeting between Grossman, the ABCC, and representatives from the craft beer industry next Monday, and we'll hopefully have some news to share with you. For now, take a look at this Patriot Ledger post from yesterday.

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