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Bill to Help Local Craft Distilleries Moves Forward

Bill will update laws to allow for growth of local industries and promote jobs

JUNEAU –The House Labor & Commerce Committee today moved House Democratic Leader Chris Tuck’s bill to allow craft distillers in Alaska to promote their product in much the same way Alaska’s microbreweries and wineries already do.

“This will make it more feasible for distillers to attract customers by hosting tours of their facilities as some wineries and breweries currently do,” said Tuck (D-Anchorage).  “These distillers purchase local Alaska agricultural products, hire local Alaskans, and pay significant taxes to the state of Alaska—we should do everything we can to help them prosper and attract more tourism to Alaska. A rising tide floats all boats.”

The changes will enable local distilleries to attract tourism and take part in the tourism industry, to contribute more to the economy, and to create jobs. The legislation (HB309) would allow distillers to sell up to one gallon of their product directly to the public for consumption off premises and to sell up to three ounces for consumption on premises. The bill also would allow visitors to sample small portions of the product free of charge while on premises.

The bill now goes to the House Rules Committee to await transmittal to the House Floor.

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