Arizona breweries to ask lawmakers for help

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX (AP) -- Some of Arizona's most successful microbreweries are brewing for a legislative battle to hang onto their business.
 
The Arizona Capitol Times reports that Four Peaks and San Tan brewing companies are in danger of losing their restaurants once they surpass a production cap.
 
Both companies are close to going above the state-mandated limit of 40,000 barrels per year. Once they pass that, the microbreweries would be considered producers and not be permitted to run stand-alone restaurants.
 
Microbrewers plan to propose a bill in next year's legislative session leaving the limit intact but letting microbreweries graduating to producers retain seven microbrewery operations.
 
The Arizona Wine and Spirits Wholesale Association says it will draft a counter measure.
 
The association says microbreweries cannot benefit from being both a brewery and a restaurant.
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Information from: Arizona Capitol Times, http://www.arizonacapitoltimes.com