The Montana Legislature is considering a rule that could allow local craft distilleries to expand their production while still operating tasting rooms.
Republican state Sen. Kenneth Bogner introduced the bill [PDF].
Currently, the threshold for a "microdistillery" in Montana is producing 25,000 gallons of liquor or less a year. SB 182 would raise that bar to 200,000.
The move is supported by distillery industry representatives. Washington, D.C.-based group R Street testified in support of the change, saying that raising the cap to 200,000 gallons would reduce regulations on small Montana distilleries:
"This modest change recognizes the production realities of the micro-distillery industry. It would help these businesses grow by removing unreasonably low production caps."
The House Business and Labor Committee heard the bill at 8:30 Thursday morning.