A bill moving through the legislature would allow Micro-Distilleries to increase their alcohol production and still keep their tasting rooms
. Tim Pierce with the University of Montana Legislative News Service reports that under current law distilleries can’t produce more than 25,000 gallons of liquor and have a tasting room. Senate Bill 182 would change that cap to 200,000 Proof Gallons, which is a gallon with 50 percent alcohol. President of the Montana Distillers Guild, Robin Blazer supported the bill in House Business and Labor Committee Thursday. Here is Robin Blazer.
Jeff Droge Owns Dry Hills Distillery near Bozeman one of the 17 Micro-Distilleries in the state. He says in order to expand his business he’d have to either open another distillery or close his tasting room. Here is Jeff Droge.