On Air Now

Current Show

Texas Corners Bible Church   10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Text Traffic to 80373 for traffic updates

Show Info »

Upcoming Shows

Program Schedule »

Listen

Listen Live Now » 590 AM Kalamazoo, MI

Weather

Current Conditions(Kalamazoo,MI 49001)

More Weather »
61° Feels Like: 61°
Wind: NNW 13 mph Past 24 hrs - Precip: 0.31”
Current Radar for Zip

Today

Scattered Thunderstorms 61°

Tonight

Partly Cloudy 41°

Tomorrow

Sunny 64°

Alerts

Microbreweries hope for changes in state regulations

LANSING (WKZO) -- Microbrewers and beer wholesalers in Michigan are hoping to see the state ease some of its regulations on the sale and making of craft beer. They're teaming up to lobby for changes in rules that cover what a microbrewery is, and how many barrels a year one can produce to be considered a microbrewery. Also, they want brewpub owners to be allowed to operate more locations, says Scott Graham, with the Michigan Brewer's Guild.

Graham tells us the current laws on beer in Michigan are outdated, noting that the Michigan Liquor Control Commission was created right after the repeal of Prohibition. It's no wonder many of its rules don't account well for craft breweries.

Graham says the expansion of some microbreweries in Michigan can be held back by current regulations. For example, a rule which sets the barrel production limit on a microbrewery at 30 thousand barrels. The industry is hoping lawmakers will double that to 60 thousand. There is currently bipartisan legislation to make the change in the State House.

 

Comments