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Published January 24, 2011, 07:58 AM

ND proposal would let home beer makers sell suds

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakotans who make wine and booze already can get a state license to sell their beverages, and a Minot lawmaker wants people who make home-brewed beer to be able to do the same.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakotans who make wine and booze already can get a state license to sell their beverages, and a Minot lawmaker wants people who make home-brewed beer to be able to do the same.

Republican Dan Ruby's bill is getting a hearing in the North Dakota House's Industry, Business and Labor Committee on Monday. It would establish a domestic brewery license in state law.

Ruby says the license would let home beer brewers sell their suds. They could offer beer tastings and set up stalls at trade shows. They could also sell their beer to wholesalers for wider state distribution.

Ruby says North Dakota is a leading barley producer, and it should be easier for home beer makers to market their goods.

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