Opponents are Lining Up Against Franchot’s Beer Bill

1/2/18

By Brandon Weigel, Baltimore Fishbowl

After a months-long process of forming a task force on the state’s beer laws and holding meetings, Comptroller Peter Franchot released proposals in December 2016 for loosening restrictions on Maryland’s craft breweries.

Among the suggested changes: remove restrictions on production and taproom sales, allow self-distribution and remove restrictions on contract brewing.

When I talked to Franchot in October for City Paper, he told me that voters of all stripes support helping brewers: “[T]hey all like the concept of Maryland-produced craft beer.”

That hasn’t stopped opponents from coming out against the bill in the new year, as Michael Dresser detailed in The Sun this morning.

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