Brewers say proposed bill is bad for business

Posted at 11:23 PM, Mar 11, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-12 01:23:11-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- A bill that would change how local distilleries can distribute their products has brewers upset.

Senate Bill 248 is moving toward a vote, and the legislation would require local distilleries to use a distributor instead of selling their product’s themselves.

Chris Haas, Desert Edge Brewery, said the bill is bad for brewer’s business.

"It seems to benefit very few people, and it would seem to hurt a lot of businesses,” he said. “It would seem to benefit two businesses in town, and it would hurt the rest of the brewing industry in a negative way."

Haas said the legislation could raise brewer’s distribution costs by as much as 30 percent—even when distributing product to local bars and their own restaurants.