Michigan lawmakers OK wine tasting, beer refills

Mich. lawmakers OK bills allowing small winemakers at farmers markets, growler refills at bars

Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Small winemakers could offer tastings and sell their wine at farmers markets around Michigan under legislation headed to Gov. Rick Snyder.

The bill approved 37-0 by the state Senate Wednesday would require small winemakers wanting to do business at a farmers market to pay $25 for a permit.

Another measure sent to Snyder would let regular bars and restaurants fill growlers of craft beer for patrons to consume elsewhere. Current law only allows brewpubs and microbreweries to refill growlers for off-site consumption.

Supporters of the bills say they will cater to growing industries in Michigan. Some concern has been raised about expanding access to alcohol, but the legislation drew overwhelming support from lawmakers.

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