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Bill moving in House would authorize ‘contract brewing’ in Wyoming

Gruner Brothers Brewing co-owner Daron Gruner takes a look in the lauter tun tank, where the malt mash is separated into clear wort in the early process of brewing. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — “Contract brewing” refers to business arrangements in which an independent brewer or microbrewer produces malt beverages for a brewery or microbrewery.

A bill was taken up by the Wyoming House of Representatives during their Thursday, Feb. 13 floor session which would “allow the sale of malt beverage obtained through a contract brewing arrangement” in the state.

Local licensing authorities would be allowed to establish rules that would let microbreweries “sell on site its brewed product and its malt beverage obtained through a contract brewing arrangement for off‑premises personal consumption, not for retail sale, in packaging of bottles, cans or packs of an aggregate volume not to exceed two thousand (2,000) ounces per sale.”

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The House approved the bill on a unanimous introductory consent vote. The bill will be sent to the Corporations Committee for further consideration.

During a budget session, at least two-thirds of the House must vote to have a proposed bill introduced. Those bills which meet this threshold are then assigned to a committee.

Committees which have been assigned bills after approval on an introductory vote in the House will vote to “pass,” “do not pass” or “pass with amendments.”

Bills which make it out of committee then return to the full House for consideration. The House then must approve a bill on three readings before it is sent to the Senate.

If the Senate passes the bill with no amendments, the bill is sent to the governor’s desk for consideration. If they tack on amendments, then the bill is assigned to the Joint Conference Committee to reconcile differences.

If that committee can reach a consensus, the bill is sent to the governor who can sign or veto the bill. The House and Senate are able to override a veto with a two-thirds majority vote.

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