Ducey signs microbrewery production bill at Tempe brew pub

(Source: KPHO/KTVK) (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a bill increasing the production cap for state microbreweries.

Ducey signed the bill Tuesday while at Four Peaks Brewing Company's Tempe location.

The bill by Republican Sen. Kelli Ward of Lake Havasu City strikes a compromise between producers and distributors allowing microbreweries to keep up to seven retail locations and brew up to 6.2 million gallons of beer per year. After that, they'll have to give up their restaurants and apply for a producer license.

The proposal was one of the more contentious this session, pitting powerful business interests against each other, but the compromise passed through the Senate and House with only a single dissenting vote in each.

Ducey called the bill a common-sense reform to an outdated law.

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