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Lamont signs bill expanding craft beer sales -- jobs growing

 Lamont signs bill expanding craft beer sales -- jobs growing

Hartford Courant, June 25, 2019

By Russell Blair

Gov. Ned Lamont raised a pint at a Milford brewery Monday to celebrate the signing of a bill that streamlines Connecticut’s liquor laws and allows craft breweries to sell more beer to customers.

Prior law limited craft breweries to sales of nine liters (about one case of 12-ounce cans) per customer per day. The bill expands that limit to nine gallons, or about four cases.

The legislation, which passed in bipartisan fashion, also allows breweries to sell wine and spirits manufactured in the state and permits breweries to make wine, cider, spirits and mead all under the same roof. Monday’s signing at Tribus Beer Company was ceremonial — the bill had actually been signed into law earlier in June. 

More than 800 jobs back to top

“Consumers are continuing to show with their spending habits that they would much rather purchase locally manufactured beer and wine, and our outdated blue laws should not impede the ability of these small businesses to benefit from this growing demand,” Lamont said in a written statement. “This long overdue law that I’ve signed helps level the playing field and supports Connecticut brewers and farmers. There’s so many breweries and vineyards in Connecticut, and we should be doing everything we can to support them.”

The state Department of Labor reported last month that employment in the state’s craft brewing industry is growing at a time when the state has been struggling to create jobs overall. Employment jumped to nearly 800 in December from less than 15 in 2010