Surly bill packaged in House omnibus liquor bill
|One step closer to a reality?|
While the legislation allowing brewers to sell their own pints was initially controversial, it found lots of support from beer fans, and is now bound for a floor vote in both House and Senate.
When Surly Brewing Co. owner Omar Ansari initially launched his PR campaign to drum up support for the bill, he fretted that industry opposition would squash the measure before it even made it through committee. But the promise of a $20 million destination brewery, restaurant and beer garden proved compelling enough for legislators, who characterized it as a jobs bill and breezed it through this week.
|Making sausage for beer.|
Now, both the House and Senate omnibus liquor bills are nearly ready for a full vote. That could happen in the next couple of weeks. Each version contains several other pieces of booze-related legislation. Read the House version here and the Senate version here.
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