"RELEASE: Gov. Malloy signs farm brewery permit bill into law (H.B. 5928)"
"When a farm and a brewery partner up, it supports local businesses, creates markets for local goods, and gives entrepreneurs an opportunity to create jobs. That’s a win-win for our state’s economy.” – Brett Broesder, co-founder and vice president of Campaign for Tomorrow’s Jobs
Milford, CT (July 10, 2017) – Gov. Malloy signed a bill (H.B. 5928) into law creating a manufacturer's permit for farm breweries, according to the governor’s bill notification 15. The new "Farm Brewery" license allows permittees to make, store, bottle, distribute, and sell up to 75,000 gallons of beer a year, and to advertise their product as “Connecticut Craft Beer.”
In response, Brett Broesder, co-founder and vice president of the Campaign for Tomorrow’s Jobs, noted that the growing craft brewery industry in the state has a $569 million economic impact every year, according to the Brewer’s Association.
“Connecticut’s growing craft beer industry continues to create good-paying jobs and bolsters local economies across the state,” said Broesder. “When a farm and a brewery partner up, it supports local businesses, creates markets for homegrown products, and gives entrepreneurs an opportunity to create jobs. That’s a win-win for our state’s economy.”
In neighboring states, farm brewery permit laws have resulted in significant craft beer industry growth. For example, in New York, since permits became available in 2013, more than 160 businesses have obtained farm brewery licenses in 50 counties across the state, creating jobs and boosting the state's economy.
Connecticut’s new law allows permittees to sell their beer on-premises and, if they obtain the requisite farmers' market beer sales permit, at farmers' markets. Subject to certain conditions, they may sell and ship directly to retailers and consumers, including consumers in Connecticut.
A farm brewers permit also allows for the offering and tasting of free samples, and retail sales for both on- and off-premises consumption, though a municipality may prohibit the activity by local ordinance or regulation.
“Thanks to the governor for signing this bill into law,” said Broesder. “And, thanks to State Representative James Albis, and members of the General Assembly’s General Law Committee – especially Co-Chairs Senator Kevin Witkos, Senator Carlo Leone, State Representative David Barnum, and Ranking Member State Representative Richard Smith – for their leadership in getting this pro-jobs measure passed.”
Permittees are required to grow a certain amount of the hops and barley they use in the beer manufacturing process. It sets the annual fee for a farm brewery manufacturer permit at $300, and increases – from five to seven liters – the amount a farmers' market beer sales permittee may sell to a person per day at a farmers' market.
Also, the new law requires permittees to use a certain amount of hops, barley, or other fermentables grown or malted in the state. In the first year of a permit's issuance, a permittee must use at least 25 percent of a combination of hops, barley, cereal grains, honey, flowers, or other fermentables grown or malted within the state when brewing his or her beer. The permittee must increase this amount to at least 50 percent each subsequent year.
By Connecticut law, the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) issues liquor permits.
About Campaign for Tomorrow’s Jobs
The Campaign for Tomorrow’s Jobs focuses on growing Connecticut’s economy for present and future generations in three key policy areas: workforce preparedness, business growth & innovation and fiscal sustainability. Read more at www.tomorrowsjobs.org.
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