The 2015 Legislature: No action on craft beer legislation
It is Nevada law that brewpubs and beer makers with tap houses, like the one you are enjoying right now, can only produce 15,000 barrels (465,000 gallons) of beer each year. What happens when they reach that level? They have to stop making it and thirsty beer lovers can no longer buy it.
In the 2015 Legislature, the Nevada Craft Brewers Association tried to change that law with S.B. 139 introduced by Sen. Don Gustavson. It was our common sense effort to keep up with our thirsty beer lovers near and far.
Our arguments for this bill were hinged on the future economic growth of the craft beer industry in Nevada. We want to continue to grow Nevada into a beer destination that competes with surrounding states. With unlimited production and growth, our brewpubs and small manufacturers would pay more liquor excise taxes to the state when we sell and export beer. The caps preset a barrier to business and employee growth as we meet higher demand for craft beer.
Nearby states – Colorado, California and Utah have caps of 60,000 barrels. In 2015, Wyoming and Arizona passed legislation removing or increasing caps to promote the growth of brewpubs. Wyoming increased its cap from 15,000 barrels to 50,000 barrels. Arizona increased its cap from 40,000 to 200,000 barrels. Capping the production in the Silver State gives our neighboring states’ craft beer makers an advantage in the marketplace thanks to a Nevada regulation.
As Nevada Craft Brewers Association President Matt Marino succinctly said in his testimony before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Labor and Energy: “Lift that cap, and brewery owners, distributors and employees will all benefit in a win-win situation.”
Many of you Loyalist e-mailed or participated in the Legislature’s own on-line comment form for the Bill. The support was overwhelming. The bill never got out of that committee.
Never fear dear loyalist we are back to the drawing board for the 2017 Legislature and will keep you apprised of these and other dealings with our elected officials and the various special interest groups who might want to piss in our beer…sorta speak
Read the full testimony here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/78th2015/Minutes/Senate/CL/Final/828.pdf
and the bill here: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/78th2015/Bills/SB/SB139.pdf
Look out 2016
The Nevada Craft Beer scene is rocking. Growth north and south means more to choose from for the craft beer loyalists like yourself. As a Loyalist, you get first dibs on our soon to be famous Loyalist Club Nevada Craft Beer Passport Program.
- A free pint (1 per year) at participating NCBA breweries/pubs with Passport
- Special Invites to Special Events
- Early access or VIP access to selected tasting events
- E-Newsletter (With inside info, legislative alerts and special offers)
- Bonus offer: Special commemorative tulip glass (at events)
Click here for all the information and a form that gets you a passport to great Nevada craft beer. Click here to signup.
Also in 2016 we will keep you posted on all the festivals and major brewer events where you can sample and enjoy the latest and greatest beers from your Nevada craft brewers. Just follow us on facebook by clicking here
Support Your Nevada Craft Beer Creator
Alibi Works – Incline Village Ale
Bad Beat Brewing Co. – Henderson
Banger Brewing Co. – Las Vegas
Barley’s Casino and Brewing Co. – Henderson
Battle Born Beer Co. – Reno
Big Dog’s Brewing Co. – Las Vegas
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse – Reno
Boulder Dam Brewing Co. – Boulder City
Brasserie Saint James – Reno
The Brew Brothers – Reno
The Brewer’s Cabinet – Reno
Chicago Brewing Co. – Las Vegas
CraftHause Brewery – Henderson
The Depot Craft Brewery Distillery – Reno
Ellis Island Casino & Brewery – Las Vegas
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant – Las Vegas
Great Basin Brewing Co. – Sparks/Reno
High Sierra Brewing Co – Sparks
Hop Nuts Brewing – Las Vegas
IBIMĪB Custom Brews – Reno
Joseph James Brewing Co. – Henderson
Lake Tahoe Brewing Co. – Carson City
Old School Brewing Co. – Las Vegas
Pigeon Head Brewery – Reno
Pints Brewery & Sports Bar/Colorado Belle – Laughlin
Ruby Mountain Brewing Company – Clover Valley
Silver Peak Brewery – Reno
Sin City Brewing Co. – Las Vegas