Surly bill passes Senate floor vote 60-0
|Sen. Chris Gerlach explains the liquor package and Surly bill to a full Senate.|
Just hours ago, the Senate voted unanimously for passage of its omnibus liquor bill, which included the popular provision creating a new taproom license. The House version passed on Tuesday.
Senator Chris Gerlach ticked through the provisions in the bill before opening it up to a full vote, remarking that it was a good thing "for all those who want more consumer choices."
|The final score.|
Since February, Surly Brewing Co. owner Omar Ansari has been pushing passage of a bill that would allow brewers to sell their pints in their breweries. He created a frenzy of public interest by announcing plans to build a $20 million destination brewery, which would only be legal if the bill passes.
|Dream breweries sometimes do come true.|
Ansari tweeted victory:
It's unanimous! 60 Yeahs, 0 Nays. Thank you Senator Scheid & Senator Gerlach. http://t.co/UnZv4st
We're quite certain that's not the end of the festivities for beer fans tonight.
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