Posted: Jan 14, 2013 3:45 PM by Marnee Banks - MTN News
HELENA - A legislator from Butte wants to make sure Montana brewers are playing by the rules.
Representative Pat Noonan is carrying a bill that makes it so certain people who brew beer must get a license from the Montana Department of Revenue.
He says this bill doesn't impact brewers who have a few kegs fermenting in their homes but instead those who want to make it a profitable business.
"There are a couple businesses in the state, it's not illegal right now. It's legal under federal law, and we have no state laws that talk anything about it," Noonan said.
"So you'd be able to set up a brew on premises, or a brew your own business where someone would come in and tell you what kind of beer they want, the person could advise them on how much hops they want, or barley. And then you rent their equipment," he explained.
Noonan's bill got a hearing on Friday, and has yet to move to the floor for debate.