Monday, July 02, 2012

Michigan Brewers Guild Announces Support for Updates in Liquor Control Regulations

Written by  Paul Starr
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Michigan Brewers Guild Announces Support for Updates in Liquor Control Regulations

Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) released its recommendations on Friday, June 29 concerning many of the state’s liquor control issues – the latest in a series of reports issued by the Office of Regulatory Reinvention (ORR), aimed to streamline regulations in various areas of government and business operations. All recommendation reports are posted online at www.michigan.gov/orr.
The ORR was created by Governor Snyder to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of Michigan’s government by reviewing existing regulations and making recommendations to reduce obsolete, burdensome and unduly restrictive rules to promote business growth and job creation.

Some 21 stakeholders, from a wide range of interest areas, served on the Liquor Control Advisory Rules Committee (ARC), which was established in August, 2011. The committee’s report makes 72 recommendations for changes to Michigan’s liquor control regulations, including existing administrative rules, non-rule regulatory actions, regulatory processes, and as necessary, statutes. For the proposed changes to take effect, they must first go through the established rulemaking or legislative processes.

“I am very excited about these recommendations which would remove cumbersome government regulation,” said Scott Graham, Executive Director of the Michigan Brewers Guild. “Brewers are highly regulated and many of the current rules were put in place when our segment of the industry was not even a concept – they are now outdated and unnecessary. Michigan’s craft brewers are doing well and these changes will support continued and accelerated growth within our industry, which will also strengthen job growth, economic development, tourism and agriculture.”

Michigan’s thriving brewing industry conservatively contributes well over $24 million in wages with a economic contribution well over $133 million. In terms of overall number breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, Michigan ranks #5 in the nation – thus supporting its claim as “The Great Beer State.”

Founded in 1997 and celebrating its 15th Anniversary in 2012, the Michigan Brewers Guild exists to unify the community of brewers, to increase the sale of Michigan Craft Beer, to contribute culturally and economically throughout the state, and to monitor and assure a healthy brewing industry. By working collaboratively with proponents of craft beer, the organization strives to achieve 10% share of all beer sold in Michigan by producing world-class events, increasing public awareness, educating consumers, and encouraging responsible consumption.

For more information, including a list of Michigan craft breweries, log on to www.michiganbrewersguild.org.  (www.facebook.com/michiganbrewersguild |  www.twitter.com/mibrewersguild)

Paul Starr

Paul Starr

Paul Starr is the creator of the I'm a Beer Hound and one of the organizer and the driving force behind Art & Craft Beerfest, Lansing Beer Fest, Beerfest at the Ballpark Spring & Fall. When he's not working on Beer Hound he's probably watching the Lions, Tigers or Red Wings. Being a recent new Dad of twins, he doesn't have much extra time these days for mischief.