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Bill letting larger craft brewers self-distribute easily passes Senate, heads to governor

A move to ease restrictions for N.C. craft brewers who want to distribute their own beer is on the verge of becoming law. The N.C. Senate in a 38-3 vote Monday, May 20, passed the Craft Beer Distribution and Modernization Act, the result of a compromise among mid-sized craft brewers and the N.C. Beer and...

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Craft beer distribution compromise cheers brewers, wholesalers

Editor’s note: This story was updated 11 a.m. Friday, March 15. A collection of lawmakers, lawyers, lobbyists, and brewers gathered for a news conference Thursday, March 14, to talk about a pair of bills that, if passed into law, would even further energize North Carolina’s thriving craft beer market. Collaboration, common ground, and a collective...

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Hearing date set for lawsuit challenging beer distribution, franchise laws

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 10 a.m. Friday, March 9 The plaintiffs in a complaint challenging the constitutionality of two state laws involving beer distribution and franchise laws have filed a brief opposing a state motion to dismiss and transfer the case. The brief filed by the plaintiffs — Craft Freedom LLC, The...

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Opinion

Craft alcohol producers excited about federal tax cut

Makers of craft alcohol in North Carolina — whether it’s beer, wine, or liquor — generally agree on some expected benefits of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which the president signed in December. Mainly, lower excise taxes and some tweaking of alcohol-by-volume limits. The chance to expand and to hire more workers. To make...

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Federal tax cut will help N.C. craft alcohol producers but, they say, much work remains

Much of the reporting on the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has been cluttered with moans, groans, and general derision. But the act includes provisions that, until now, were talked about mainly within their respective circles of interest. Provisions that reduce taxes for entrepreneurs struggling to climb a hill pockmarked with rules and...

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