Gov. Snyder signs Michigan beer reforms

For Immediate Release                                                           
March 26, 2014         

Contact: Troy Tuggle

LANSING, Mich. – Sen. Joe Hune applauded beer reforms that were signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Rick Snyder, calling them important pro-growth measures that can help Michigan’s thriving beer sector grow even more.

With 140-plus craft brewers, micro-brewers and brew pubs, Michigan is today the fifth largest craft beer state in the nation.

“These reforms are the main ingredient that can help Michigan businesses in our successful beer sector continue to expand, create jobs and bring new opportunities to communities across the ‘Great Beer State,’” said Hune, R-Hamburg, lead sponsor of the nine-bill package.

The legislation included Senate Bill 650, sponsored by Hune, which allows start-up brewers producing less than 1,000 barrels to distribute their products themselves.

“Thanks to the collaboration of so many businesses, entrepreneurs and stakeholders who worked together on these reforms, Michigan is creating a supportive environment for small brewers to enter the marketplace in an efficient yet responsible way,” Hune said. “With these reforms, brewers can more easily build their brands so adult consumers can get more choices and more access across Michigan. These common-sense reforms to Michigan’s liquor code will enable local brewers, distributors and retailers to prosper and grow.”

Hune sponsored of five bills in the reform package: Public Act 46 of 2014 (Senate Bill 504), PA 47 (SB505), PA 48 (SB506), PA 49 (SB507) and PA 50 (SB650).