Not only buy it back from the wholesaler, but at the wholesalers markup price. So the brewery would sell it to the distributor at $x, and have to buy it back at $x + premium. So, not only are distributors getting subsidized with free money from brewers, but then the brewers will have to pass the markup onto the customers for beer that has been schlepped back and forth between brewery and distributor twice.
I liked the part where the house passed it because they were told brewers endorsed it as a compromise. Makes me wonder if they even read the bill, or just blindly passed it on anecdotal evidence from whomever.
Another aspect of this change is the comparative effect it has on the other classes of licenses. The class 8 farm brewery license only allows 2,000 barrels sold on-premise through the tap room, and they have to grow an ingredient and use it, deal with even more oppressive operational hour restrictions (have to stop selling pints at 6pm), maintain a moderately sized farm, and are capped at a 15,000 bbl total limit.
Just goes to show what open for business really means: subsidies for big business, and sore buttholes for small business.
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