House joins Senate in approving microbrewery production bill

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona House has approved a compromise bill that allows microbreweries to keep running their restaurants even as they grow into large beer producers.

The legislation by Republican Sen. Kelli Ward of Lake Havasu City passed 59-0 vote Wednesday evening. It previously passed the Senate on a 28-1 vote.

The compromise allows companies to keep their microbrewery license until they produce 6.2 million gallons of beer a year. It also allows them to have up to seven retail locations.

The bill was one of the more contentious this session, pitting powerful business interests against each other.

The bill is designed to allow growing breweries retain their restaurants even as they distribute beer to other locations.

The bill will now head to Gov. Doug Ducey's desk.