Craft Brewing Business
The Brewery Modernization Act and the Beer Franchise Law recently helped, um, lessen restrictions on breweries in Maryland. Both laws were a “major leap forward for our industry,” said the Brewers Association of Maryland last year. The laws do lots of things (great list here). The Beer Franchise Law gave brewers producing 20,000 bbls or below annually a lot more wiggle room to terminate a distribution agreement with a wholesaler. The Brewery Modernization Act of 2019 covered a lot of ground — from production caps to farm brewery hours — but it also increased taproom limits to 5,000 bbls per year for Class 5 and Class 7 beer manufacturers. That cap is still the lowest in the country, and it was 3,000 bbls before that — well sort of.
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