At least for now, the North Carolina Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association has succeeded in quashing a proposal before the General Assembly that would have allowed breweries to self-distribute more of their own beer without having to go through a wholesaler.
The group has come out strongly against House Bill 500, which until Wednesday would have raised the self-distribution cap for breweries from twenty-five thousand to two hundred thousand barrels per year and would have made it easier for breweries to get out of distribution agreements. Apparently wholesalers were able to sway enough legislators to keep that language out of the bill altogether.
Just before the House Alcohol Beverage Control Committee was set to discuss House Bill 500 on Wednesday afternoon, bill sponsor Representative Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson, put forth a proposed committee substitute taking out those two provisions.
“The reason we struck them out is we didn’t have the votes,” McGrady told the INDY Wednesday night.…