Joined: Sun Oct 08, 2006 11:00 am
Location: Hundreds of miles away from any brewery or brewpub. (Bismarck, ND)
N.D. bill would let you make booze
Published Tuesday, January 13, 2009
BISMARCK — North Dakota law allows limited sales of locally produced beer and wine. A Minot legislator wants to give the same rights to people who want to make hard liquor.
Rep. Dan Ruby’s proposal establishes a new “farm distillery” license for North Dakotans who want to make whiskey, vodka or any other grain-based spirit.
The license holder would need to use a majority of North Dakota farm products to make and sell the liquor. He or she would not need to be based on a farm.
Ruby’s proposed law allows the liquor maker to give away free samples, host tasting events and ship up to 25,000 gallons annually to any person who is legally allowed to buy the beverages.
He says the liquor maker would have to go through a wholesaler to sell any products in a retail liquor store.
Fermenting: Northern Amber, Orange Blossom Mead, Barleywine 2009
On Deck: Prob'ly something wheaty