Legislation intended to enhance the state’s craft beer brewing industry (SB273) advanced Wednesday from the Senate Economic Development Committee, a week after it was held up over concerns it could prompt lawsuits from major beer companies.
The Tomblin administration bill is intended to promote economic development by encouraging growth in the state’s young craft beer brewing industry, through lower licensing fees and easing restrictions in current state law.
“Every brewer in the state would benefit from it,” Brian Arnett, co-owner of Mountain State Brewing Co., said of growler sales. “It’s very, very beneficial for West Virginia brewers.”
“It will be a great opportunity to enhance economic development in West Virginia,” Chuck Johnson, with the West Virginia Craft Brewers Guild, told the committee. “Hopefully at some point, we’ll have people coming to West Virginia just for the craft beer.”