Gov. Ducey signs bill increasing cap for craft breweries

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a bill increasing the production cap for state microbreweries.
 
Ducey signed SB 1030 Tuesday while at Four Peaks Brewing Company's Tempe location.

The bill by Republican Sen. Kelli Ward of Lake Havasu City strikes a compromise between producers and distributors allowing microbreweries to keep up to seven retail locations and brew up to 6.2 million gallons of beer per year. After that, they'll have to give up their restaurants and apply for a producer license.
 
The proposal was one of the more contentious this session, pitting powerful business interests against each other, but the compromise passed through the Senate and House with only a single dissenting vote in each.
 
"When it comes to business, Arizona should not be punishing success - we should be fostering and assisting in it," Ducey stated. "This is a common-sense reform to an arbitrary and outdated law. Arizona has a booming craft beer industry and it's growing every day. I want to ensure that it continues to thrive, unimpeded by overly burdensome regulations. It's good for industry, enterprise and the economy - and it's good for Arizona."

Fact sheet:
SB1030 - microbreweries; multiple licenses; production; sales

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