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Vast Majority of Marylanders Support Changes to Current Brewery Laws

August 14th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

An overwhelming majority of Marylanders support fundamental changes to the state's alcohol laws that govern the production, distribution and sale of beer, according to the results of an online survey released today by Comptroller Peter Franchot. "Maryland's current beer laws are dysfunctional and outdated and work to the detriment of consumers and small business," said Comptroller Franchot in response to the unscientific survey. "Without comprehensive reform, Maryland's reputation within the national craft brewing industry will continue to suffer. We must have laws that make sense for all the stakeholders and promote economic growth for all three tiers and create the best market for Maryland consumers."

This past spring, the Comptroller announced the formation of a Reform on Tap Task Force to do a comprehensive review of the state's antiquated laws governing the manufacturing, distribution and sale of Maryland craft beer. Forty task force members, representing every region of the state from large and small breweries, distributors, restaurants, bars and retailers, consumers and local and state officials have been meeting regularly to discuss issues affecting the industry.

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