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Why care about the CARE Act? Could be the end of out-of-state beer

on 10/11/10 at 10:08 am


A giant barrel of beer, part of a demonstration against prohibition in America. (Photo: Henry Guttmann/Getty Images)

Would you be steamed if you couldn’t buy Anchor Steam (of San Francisco, CA), or go into a flying rage without Flying Dog (of Maryland)?

Would you go bonkers without Brooklyn beer (of NY)? Well, if you care about craft beer, you should be worried about the CARE Act, currently under consideration by the U.S. Congress. The proposal could put your favorite out-of-state brew off the menu.

Over the last 20 or 30 years, the United States has seen a massive increase in the number of microbreweries in the last decade. Your choices at a bar are no longer between the four or five most popular brews in the country (Bud, Busch, or Miller); many bars pride themselves on offering a wide variety of on-tap beers from smaller producers and stocking bottles from around the country.

That could soon come to a grinding halt.

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