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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Graham tells us the current laws on beer in Michigan are outdated, noting that the Michigan Liquor Control Commission was created right after the repeal of Prohibition.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.