Craft breweries may now be able to sell their products farmers' markets and food festivals across the state.
House Bill 2429, introduced by State Representative Dante Santoni Jr., Democratic chairman of the House Liquor Control Committee., passed in the House, 175 to 20 on Tuesday.
Under the bill, the breweries, with appropriate permits, would be permitted to offer tasting and sales of their products for off-premises consumption. The permits would only be available for companies which produced an annual total of less than 25,000 barrels of beer.
In a press release, Rep. Santoni said, “The craft brewing industry has grown at an astonishing rate in the past several years. House Bill 2429 would allow these small businesses to participate more fully in the niche markets that exist for their products."