Details on Bill SB 1030

Under the current microbrewery bill SB 1030

  •  A microbrewery may sell its beer for consumption on or off the premises.
  •  A microbrewery may sell its beer to a wholesaler, to any retailer (up to 3,000 barrels a year), and to any of its own retail establishments at an unlimited amount.
  •  A microbrewery may own an unlimited amount of retail licenses.
  •  Production cap is currently at 40,000 barrels.  A microbrewery that exceeds 40,000 barrels shall receive a producer license.  Producers may not own retail licenses, with some exceptions.

Proposed Changes to Microbrewery Bill SB 1030

(Objective:  create two levels of craft breweries in order to promote growth in the industry and maintain the three-tier system.)

  •  Additional privileges and changes for microbreweries that produce less than 40,000 barrels:
  •  Microbreweries may sell beer produced or manufactured by other microbreweries for on-premise consumption, but cannot exceed 20% of the licensee’s annual sale of beer on the premises.  This beer shall be purchased from a wholesaler if that microbrewery has a wholesaler agreement.
  •  Microbreweries may hold only bar, beer and wine bar, and restaurant licenses.  (Currently, a microbrewery may hold any type of on-sale retail license.)
  •  Microbreweries may hold a combined total of seven retail licenses, both adjacent and remote. (Currently, a microbrewery may hold an unlimited amount of retail licenses.)
  •  Once a microbrewery reaches 40,000 barrels and has a producer license, the microbrewery:
  •  May not self-distribute, unless to own adjacent licenses.
  •  May not add any retail licenses.
  •  May not give up or shed any existing licenses when reaching producer status.


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