HARRISBURG, Pa. - A bill that would allow craft breweries to sell their beer at farmers' markets and craft beer and food expositions will be considered by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
House Bill 2429, sponsored by Pa. Rep. Dante Santoni, D-Berks Co., was reported unanimously out of the House Liquor Control Committee on Tuesday.
"The craft brewing industry has grown at an astonishing rate in the past several years," Santoni said. "House Bill 2429 would allow these small businesses to participate more fully in the niche markets that exist for their products."
In 2007, craft brewers had 3.8% of the market, compared to 5.68% in 2011, Santoni said.
"That's a fast growing segment, and I expect my legislation will allow them to expand even further," said Santoni, the Democratic chairman of the House Liquor Control Committee.
With the appropriate permits, craft breweries would be able to offer tasting and sales of their products for off-premises consumption.
"It would be similar to the special permit now offered to wineries," Santoni said.
The fee paid would be $30 a day for each day of permitted use, not to exceed 30 days. The total number of days for all special permits would not exceed 100 days in a calendar year.
The special permits would be available only to those craft breweries that annually produce less than 25,000 barrels of beer.
Nationally, almost 2,000 craft brewers provide more than 103,000 jobs, including staff serving in brewpubs, Santoni said.
- Lehigh Valley Man pleads guilty in Stockertown gun club case
- Southeastern PA Judge rules Bill Cosby case to be decided by outside jury
- Updated Lehigh Valley Police say pot complaint leads officers to felon hiding gun
- Updated Lehigh Valley Allentown man found with three pounds of marijuana in car
- Updated Berks Reading Fightins enlist help of students to design special jersey
- Updated Lehigh Valley - Allentown man found with three pounds of marijuana in car
- Updated Berks - Reading Fightins enlist help of students to design special jersey
- News - National Weather Service assessing Pennsylvania storm damage
- Lehigh Valley - Bethlehem police officer charged with indecent exposure accepted into rehab program
- New Jersey - Bill advances to ban flavored electronic smoking devices