Current Legislative Initiatives

2020 Fifty Fourth Legislature Second Regular Session

The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild supports the omnibus process in arriving at fair and equitable liquor policy. This year, the Guild strongly supports HB 2739 sponsored by Rep Jeff Weninger LD 17.

HB 2739 key components:

  • Directing the DLLC to relieve a reverted retail license within two years if not reissued
  •  Allowing a microbrewery and farm winery license to be held jointly by a bona fide educational institution for postsecondary instruction
  • Increasing the production limit on a craft distillery to 3,566 gallons per calendar year
  • Clarifying (at the DLLC’s request) that an “adult”, who can lawfully bring a minor into a licensed premise, includes a spouse, parent, grandparent or guardian of legal age
  • Providing that the duty of a licensee to protect the safety of customers or other persons does not extend to a person who enters or remains on the premises to disrupt or damage the premises or to cause harm to another person on the premises
  • Exempting commercially produced alcoholic beverages from the environmental health laws under Title 36
  • Extending the current exemptions from Title 4 for homebrewers to home winemakers
  • Increasing the sample size for producer or wholesaler-provided beer samples from12 to 16 ounces
  • Clarifying that craft distillers are an exception to the primary source of supply law
  • Providing that a producer or wholesaler representative at a special event may consume small amounts of products, but only for the purpose of quality control
  • Specifying that for bottle service, if a customer removes or tampers with a locking device and pours a drink, there is no violation if the licensee takes immediate corrective action as specified
The Guild strongly supports HB 2397 sponsored by Rep Jeff Weninger LD 17 which allows alcohol producers or microbreweries to take advantage of the Federally recognized practice of alternating proprietorship (AP).

An “alternating proprietorship” is a term used to describe an arrangement in which two or more people take turns using the physical premises of a brewery.

Generally, the proprietor of an existing brewery, the “host brewery,” agrees to rent space and equipment to a new “tenant brewer.” AP allow existing breweries to use excess capacity and give new entrants to the beer business an opportunity to begin on a small scale, without investing in premises and equipment.

Current AZ statute recognises AP for wineries only. This bill would extend this right to alcohol producers and breweries. The Guild would also like to extend this provision to the state’s growing micro-distilleries as well.

More information on AP can be found at the TTB website.

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