Tag:craft breweries

  • Beer money and changing markets

    News that beer distributors through political action committees poured nearly $100,000 toward defeating a bill to lift a production cap on North Carolina brewers should surprise no one. Tuesday, The Charlotte Observer, citing campaign finance reports, said from January through June the distributors gave Senate Republican…

  • National regulatory expert pans N.C. restrictions on craft brewers

    From Carolina Journal Radio Program No. 736: North Carolina lawmakers have been debating proposed changes in laws limiting the freedom of craft brewers to distribute their own products. It’s an issue that has attracted attention from Christopher Koopman, senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

  • Lawsuit may be the next option for craft breweries

    It would be hard to find a more blatant example of cronyism than the North Carolina law forbidding brewers who produce more than 25,000 barrels per year from selling their products directly to retailers. The law serves no legitimate purpose and exists for two reasons only: to protect the national…

  • Craft brewers not giving up on expanding self-distribution

    North Carolina lawmakers late Tuesday night stripped from House Bill 500 a provision that would have lifted the proverbial cap on the state’s most successful brewers and effectively allows distributors to retain control of the retail market. Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson,…

  • Sending mixed message, confusing North Carolinians

    Mixed signals. Some things are clear — lower taxes, fewer regulations, skilled workers, and efficient infrastructure lead to economic growth. A robust and growing business community creates jobs. Vouchers offer opportunities to low-income students, and school choice leads to better and more fulfilling educational outcomes. Investments in education and public…

  • New poll reinforces public support for N.C. craft brewers

    Craft beer and small breweries have grown well beyond niche markets. What was once a novelty is now ingrained in a culture that prefers local products emphasizing quality over quantity. Yet North Carolina brewers — and to a larger extent the state’s distillers — are entangled…