Montana Brewers Association


SB202: Shift in Tap Room Serving Hours

Posted On February 2, 2011


The hearing for SB202 is now scheduled for Thursday, February 17th in the Senate Business, Labor, and Economic Affairs Committee. This committee usually meets at 9 am in room 412.

key points about this bill:

  • Brewers will still be limited to 48 ounces per person per day, and are not asking to increase this limitation. Only 3 pints. If they want more, they must go elsewhere.
  • Meets the expectations of Montanans and better fits visiting public and tourist’s schedule
  • Aligns with neighboring and regional state laws, which have no hours restrictions
  • Aligns with Montana wineries laws, which have no serving hours restrictions
  • Provides for growth in the use of Montana grown agricultural products. Montana brewers use over 5,000,000 pounds of grain in their beer, approximately half of which is grown in Montana.
  • Will create jobs at Montana breweries in serving staff and brewery staff
  • Will create new investments and increase production at breweries on which excise and income taxes are paid

Now is the right time for you to send a message to the committee members on this bill. If interested, the committee members are:

Chair: Joe Balyeat (R-Bozeman) [email protected]
Vice Chair: Verdell Jackson (R-Kalispell) [email protected]
Carmine Mowbray (R-Polson) [email protected]
Tom Facey (D-Missoula) [email protected]
Eric Moore (R-Miles City) [email protected]
Donald Steinbeisser (R-Sidney) [email protected]
Sharon Stewart-Peregoy (D-Crow Agency) [email protected]
Mitch Tropila (D-Great Falls) [email protected]
Bruce Tutvedt (R-Kalispell) [email protected]
Gene Vuckovich (D-Anaconda) [email protected]
Jonathan Windy Boy (D-Box Elder) [email protected]

Missoulian Supports Shift in Tap Room Hours

Posted On January 17, 2011

According to an online petition from the Montana Brewers Association, “(S)hifting Montana brewery tap room serving hours to noon-10 p.m. makes sense because it:

• Shifts, but does not increase, tap room serving hours.

• Meets the expectations of Montanans and the visiting public and tourists.

• Provides for growth in the use of Montana-grown agricultural products.

• Creates jobs at Montana breweries.

• Enables reinvestment in brewing capacity at Montana breweries.

• Lifts unneeded restrictions that inhibit industry growth.

• Supports free enterprise concepts in the marketplace.

• Better fits with many Montana worker’s schedules, who work past 7 or 8 p.m.

• Aligns better with other regional state’s laws, which have no hours restrictions.

• Helps Montana small businesses grow jobs and make investments.

• Supports a viable, growing, and responsible industry in the state.

• Aligns with winery laws, which have no serving hours restrictions.”

See the editorial in the Missoulian supporting the shift in tap room hours.

Montana Brewers Association Highlighted in Delta Sky Magazine

Posted On January 6, 2011

Delta Sky Magazine’s January issue features articles about Montana and Montanans.  A great series on our state, and the Montana Brewers Association and our strong brewing industry and culture is highlighted in the series.  Pick one up if your flying Delta anytime soon,  Click here to go to the articles.

Growlers: The New Old Way to Tote Your Beer

Posted On December 2, 2010

Growlers — 64-ounce glass vessels that look like a moonshine jug — have become the beer accessory of the moment. And the jugs, filled at taps in bars and stores, are not just the toys of the bearded, flannel-shirt, beer-geek set.   Read full New Your Times article.

Montana Brewers Association

Montana Brewers Association

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Missoula, MT 59807

406-948-BREW (2739)