Delaware breweries may see more opportunities thanks to proposed legislation

DELAWARE – As many small businesses fight to stay afloat, some Delaware breweries are hoping newly proposed legislation may create some additional opportunities for them.

House Bill 45 would allow Delaware breweries to own and operate up to five brewpubs in the state, an increase from the three currently permitted. Meanwhile, House Bill 46 would allow Delaware brewpubs and microbreweries to brew, bottle and sell their own hard seltzers.

Eric Williams, the President of Mispillion River Brewing in Milford and the legislative chair of the Delaware Brewers Guild, tells 47 ABC these two pieces of legislation could have a positive ripple effect through out the entire state. “We want to create jobs. We want to sell beer but part of that is hiring new people and expanding our businesses,” says Williams.

Williams says he feels confident about lawmakers approving these pieces of legislation. He also says two other legislative ideas are in the works: one involves breweries being able to sell locally crafted beer at farmers markets in Delaware and the other involves a tax incentive when breweries buy equipment.

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