I’m sure most of the people reading this site already know of Four Peaks and San Tan brewing companies, but what you may not know is that they could be in danger of losing their respective restaurants.
Under current law, it’s unclear whether beer producers that grow to make more than 40,000 barrels of beer annually can continue to own or operate off-site restaurants or pubs. The bill would make it clear they can.
Other provisions of the legislation include:
• Microbrewers producing fewer than 40,000 barrels of beer annually would be limited to seven retail licenses. And these licenses would consist only of bar, beer and wine bar, and restaurant licenses. Currently they can hold an unlimited number.
• Craft brewers producing more than 40,000 barrels annually could not add more retail licenses or continue to self-distribute their beers outside of their own adjacent retail licenses.
• Microbreweries could sell beer produced or manufactured by other microbreweries for on-premise consumption, but could not exceed 20 percent of the licensee’s annual sale of beer on the premises. This beer would have to be purchased from a wholesaler if that microbrewery has a wholesaler agreement.
• Microbreweries could sell wine produced by farm wineries only for on-premise consumption, and the wine couldn’t exceed 20 percent of the licensee’s annual sale of alcohol on the premises. The wine would have to be purchased from a wholesaler if that microbrewery has a wholesaler agreement.