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Legislation would ease restrictions on Michigan microbreweries


LANSING (WKZO) -- Michigan lawmakers say that legislation recently approved would help the state's breweries expand. State Representative Wayne Schmidt says that, under the bipartisan legislation, breweries in Michigan would be allowed to produce up to 60 thousand barrels a year, instead of the previous limit of 30 thousand, and still keep their status as microbreweries. He says that'll help craft beer makers continue growing.

"This was an excellent bill," Schmidt said. "We have so many microbreweries up north, and this is such a common sense reform. Let them do what they do best -- brew more good Michigan beer."

State lawmakers say the change in Michigan's regulations for breweries was necessary due to the growth the industry has been experiencing. Some described the previous production cap, which was set in the 1990s, as arbitrary.