Michigan craft brewers are attempting to increase the state’s self-distribution cap to 30,000 barrels annually, according to Crain’s Detroit Business. Currently, state law limits self-distribution to 1,000 barrels a year, forcing those who exceed the cap to contract with a wholesaler.
Eastern Market Brewing co-owner Dayne Bartscht has started an online petition to garner support for the effort. So far, more than 3,000 people have signed the petition.
Michigan Alcohol Producers Sue State Regulatory Agency
A group of alcohol producers are challenging the constitutionality of the Michigan Liquor Control Commission’s enforcement efforts and last fall’s revision of the state liquor code, according to MiBiz.com.
The plaintiffs — Greenbush Brewing Company, Farmhaus Cider Company, the Michigan Cider Association and Vander Mill LLC — argue that federal law supersedes state laws regarding the production and sale of cider, the outlet reported.
The lawsuit was filed after the MLCC seized Greenbush’s cider inventory, citing the transfer of product purchased from Vander Mill and telling the company that it “was required to ferment every drop of wine that it sold.”
Additionally, the MLCC barred Greenbush from using its small winemaker license, which would prevent it from selling cider or wine.