Michigan legislature protects wine and beer distributors

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The Michigan House Regulatory Reform Committee passed legislation at the beginning of the month that stops large breweries and wine producers from threatening to slow the growth of smaller craft beer and wine industries in Michigan.

The bill protects the independence of Michigan wine and beer distributors.

Michigan operates with a regulatory, three-tier system that promotes fairness and a level playing field.

Michigan Wine and Beer Wholesalers Association, that represents almost 50 beer and wine distributors throughout Michigan, including Dan Henry Distributing Company.

“The new legislature doesn’t let us favor a certain brewer just because they offer incentives, so essentially, the best product gets the sale, because they have the best product,” said Matt Berger, a driver for the Dan Henry Distribution Company.

The production of craft beer in Michigan improved 10 percent in 2018.