"STATEMENT: CT Senate Passes Farm Brewers Permit (H.B. 5928)"

CT Senate Passes Farm Brewery Permit Bill H.B. 5928

“Once the bill is signed into law, it will pave the way for farm brewers to grow statewide. In turn, the Nutmeg State will be in a better position to win the competition for tomorrow’s good-paying craft beer jobs.” - Brett Broesder, Co-founder and Vice President of Campaign for Tomorrow's Jobs

Milford, CT (June 7, 2017) – Today, the CT Senate passed a bill (H.B. 5928) that seeks to establish a farm brewery manufacturer permit, which allows for, among other things, the manufacture, storage, bottling, and wholesale distribution and sale of beer manufactured at any place or premises located on a farm, and for production of up to 75,000 gallons of beer annually per permittee.

In response, Brett Broesder, co-founder and vice president of Campaign for Tomorrow’s Jobs, said that this legislation is important because it eases overly prohibitive zoning regulations, recognizes the agricultural connection between farms and local products, encourages local farmers to grow and use ingredients for the brewing of beer, and allows farm breweries to advertise as “Connecticut Craft Beer.”

“Connecticut’s craft brewery industry is growing and serving as a bright spot in the state’s economy,” says Broesder. “Once the bill is signed into law, it will pave the way for farm brewers to grow statewide. In turn, the Nutmeg State will be in a better position to win the competition for tomorrow’s good-paying craft beer jobs.”

To watch a video ad campaign launched by the Campaign for Tomorrow’s Jobs in support of the bill, click here: https://www.tomorrowsjobs.org/news/farm-brewery-ad.

To read more about the bill, click here: https://www.cga.ct.gov/2017/BA/2017HB-05928-R010478-BA.htm.

To read testimony from the public hearing on the bill, click here: https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/CommDocTmyBillAllComm.asp?bill=HB-05928&doc_year=2017.

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