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Bill Would Allow Microbreweries to Sell Their Own Packaged Beer On Site

Del. Kelly Schulz will introduce the bill when this session of the Maryland General Assembly begins next week.
FREDERICK, Md. - A local lawmaker is sponsoring a Maryland bill to allow microbreweries to sell their own prepackaged beer on site.

"I think what this does is this creates less layers of government and regulation by the state and opens up more opportunities for the small business owners that are trying to do their marketing and do their distributing on their own within the community," said Del. Kelly Schulz, (R - Frederick County).

Schulz will introduce the bill when this session of the Maryland General Assembly begins next week. Her bill would allow businesses, such as Brewer's Alley and Barley and Hops in Frederick, to sell packages of their own beer at their restaurant or bar. Currently, that's not allowed under state law.

"By offering them other opportunities in ways to get their name brand out into the community, I think it does a couple of things for the three-tier system," Schulz said. "First, it creates a name brand and it gets the name recognition in the community that they're looking for."

Schulz says she hopes this makes the process easier for local businesses.

"There are a few restaurants here in the Frederick area that would qualify for this, and currently, they are able to, from their restaurant establishment and bar establishment, able to sell a six-pack of beer from a major supplier, but they're not allowed under current state law, under Maryland law, to sell their own six-pack of beer," Schulz said.

Schulz sponsored a new law last session, which allows Maryland microbreweries to distribute their beer off-site, such as at a retail store.
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