• Vt. mulls direct shipment of craft brews
    April 24,2013
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    The Associated Press

    MONTPELIER — In Vermont — a hotbed of craft beer brewing — lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow brewers to ship their beer directly to customers like wineries already can do.

    Supporters say the change would help Vermont’s growing craft brewing business expand.

    Earlier this year, an international consumer website rated one of Vermont’s artisan craft breweries — Hill Farmstead in Greensboro— the world’s top brewer. Now beer aficionados arrive from around the country and world to visit that brewery and others to buy Vermont-made beer.

    Brewers say allowing them to ship beer to customers also would cut down on people selling beer online and marking up the price.

    The House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs is taking testimony on the bill on Wednesday.
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