New legislation would allow winemakers to sell at farmers markets

7:01 AM, Jun 12, 2013   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Soon winemakers could sell wine and offer tastings at farmers markets in Michigan. Legislation is nearing final approval in Lansing.

The bill set to reach Governor Rick Snyder on Wednesday, would require winemakers to purchase a $25 permit to sell at farmers markets.

Another measure scheduled for finalization would allow regular bars and restaurants to fill growlers of craft beer for patrons to consume elsewhere. Current law only lets brewpubs and microbreweries refill growlers for off-site consumption.

Supporters of the bills say they will help growing industries in Michigan. Some concern has been raised about expanding access to alcohol, but the legislation has drawn overwhelming support from lawmakers.

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