Your local breweries need your support now more than ever! Remember to buy local when you are picking up beer—use our map to find out what options your favorite breweries are offering for beer-to-go.
STATE GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
March 20, 2020 — We are also asking the Governor and the state legislature to help lift some existing laws to temporarily allow breweries to sell more beer from their breweries during this time. If you want to support local breweries and help these small businesses have a fighting chance, please contact your legislators TODAY! We have sent letters to both the Governor and the legislature to support these efforts:
- Suspension of enforcement actions against breweries, bars, and restaurants unless based on a violation of the criminal code or food safety risk.
- Authorization for any brewery that meets the statutory requirements for self-distribution to commence distribution even if they have not applied and/or yet been granted a wholesalers license.
- Authorization for any brewery to retail beer in growlers, cans, or bottles for off-premise consumption regardless of whether they have applied for or received a retailers license from their municipality.
- Authorization for any brewery to remotely sell and deliver beer in growlers, cans, or bottles directly to consumers regardless of local municipal rules and ordinances.
- Authorization for bars and restaurants to sell growlers and growler refills for off-premise consumption.
- Authorization for bars and restaurants to sell beer in growlers, cans, or bottles to-go or for delivery.
- Ability to direct ship to consumers (e.g. through FedEx/UPS/USPS).
Other relief measures:
- Suspend state excise taxes on beer
- Suspend state payroll taxes
- Continued help obtaining more no interest loans + deferred payments and grants
- Release of lease/rent and utility payments for minimum 2 months
- Prohibition on business evictions until three months after end of crisis
- Creation of a small business crisis fund to issue stabilization grants