Nebraska Senators Eyeing Ways to Expand Craft Beers
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) —
Small, independent beer breweries could have an easier time gaining a
foothold in Nebraska if some lawmakers have their way.
Three state lawmakers have introduced a legislative study to see what the state can do to help craft breweries expand.
study will examine whether self-distribution could help startup
breweries succeed. It also will examine how they're taxed relative to
Lawmakers will also look at a beer check-off
program to promote Nebraska-made craft beers, and a possible
truth-in-labeling requirement intended to keep major companies from
portraying their beer as locally made products.
Nebraska passed a law that doubles the production limit of
microbreweries to 20,000 barrels of beer per year. One barrel contains
31 gallons, or about two kegs of beer.