Those who don't follow either Western North Carolina economic development activity or state alcoholic beverage news may have been wondering what the beer portion of H 796 was all about. The bill, which passed the House and Senate Monday and is on its way to the governor, contains a beer provision and a couple of education items. The beer portion of the bill would allow large breweries to sell their own products on site. (Smaller brewers can already do this.) In fact, big breweries would be able to sell beer made at their company's other locations. ...
So what's in the offing here? Two nationally known breweries — Sierra Nevada and New Belgium — are looking at relocating to the Asheville area. ...Read the full article