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Published January 25, 2013, 02:14 PM

North Dakota bill would allow brew pubs to distribute beer

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A proposal in the North Dakota Legislature would allow microbreweries to peddle a certain amount of beer on their own — and it has the support of the distributors.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A proposal in the North Dakota Legislature would allow microbreweries to peddle a certain amount of beer on their own — and it has the support of the distributors.

The bill would create a brewer taproom license that would let craft beer makers distribute up to 25,000 barrels of malt beverages a year. That's about 50,000 kegs, or 775,000 gallons, of beer.

Janet Seaworth of the North Dakota Beer Distributors Association says the plan will help small brewers while preserving the state's right to regulate alcohol. She says successful brewers will find they need distributors.

Michael Frohlich, who helps run a brew pub in Bismarck, and Nick Holwegner, an owner of a microbrewery in Minot, say it makes sense to allow them to hand out beer in their own cities.

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