by Heather Hoch
The Arizona Beer Bill allows microbreweries to grow beyond the current 40,000 barrel limit without having to forfeit retail licenses they hold or let go employees. Doing so will promote growth in the industry while strengthening the three-tier regulatory system. The current microbrewery limits should be refined to reflect the incredible growth of this industry and the enormously positive economic impact of microbreweries. The Arizona Beer Bill ensures that microbreweries will not be penalized for their success.
The AWSWA has cited concerns about how the bill would affect the integrity of the three-tier system, a concern they did not have when changes to the system last year positively affected farm wineries and microdistilleries, local industries that both the Guild and BWDA fully support.