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SB 2284 – Brewer Taproom License

Senate Bull 2284 was introduced in the 2013 North Dakota Legislature to enact a new type of brewery license in North Dakota, which is being called a Brewer Taproom License.  This new type of license will allow brewers to operate breweries with taprooms.  This bill, if passed, will also allow your local brewery to deliver beer directly to local restaurants and liquor stores bypassing a wholesaler within a set limit of both quantity and range.
The ND Beer Distributors Association has come out in favor of these changes as it seems they under stand that giving small brewers the ability to self-distribute will result in larger breweries that will need their services.  Their backing will definitely increase the chance that this bill passes.

This bill was amended in the Senate Industry, Business and Labor Committee so the license will allow the brewer to self distribute anywhere in the state of ND if they wish, not just with in a 150 mile range, plus they can sell their own beers off-sale in 12oz bottles to 15 gallon kegs.

The original text of the bill is available at:

A marked up version of the amended bill is at:

Current Status of SB 2284: 
Adopted by the Senate Industry, Business and Labor Committee with a unanimous DO PASS recommendation.
Passed by the Senate with a 45-2 vote in favor.
Approved by the House Industry, Business and Labor Committee with a unanimous DO PASS recommendation.
Passed by the House with a 92-0 vote in favor .

Signed by the Governor on 3/21/2013.

You can follow the status of SB 2284 on this link: http://www.legis.nd.gov/assembly/63-2013/bill-actions/ba2284.html

Not sure who to contact?

Then click on names to find their contact information!

Not sure what to say?
Tell your local Senators and Representatives that you appreciate craft beer and want to support local business and that it would be awesome for them to vote in favor of local breweries and North Dakota small businesses!
Make sure that they know this bill has the backing of the North Dakota Beer Distributors Association!

Additional Information:

A note from Little Deep Brewing in Minot outlining the bill and what to do – link

The AP article about this bill with audio from involved parties in the Bismarck Tribune – link

About Dean

I drank my share of pale lagers back in college in the 80's but I always wanted to try more, often drinking the 'dark' versions of beer as that was the only interesting thing on tap. I got into homebrewing in the early 90's meeting a lot of great people and then really started learning about beer and how to judge it. Then into the 00's I started branching out with beer and started to deal with beer education and paring beer with food which I did with some restaurants, even beating out wine in a beer vs. wine dinner. I don't try and push beer on people but if they ask questions and really want to listen, I can talk for hours about the subject. Now we come to today, and beer scene in the Fargo / Moorhead area and North Dakota is starting to boom. FMBeer was created with the help of MNBeer.com so people in the F/M area have a single place where they can find out more about good beer, from a calendar of events to lists of local breweries and bars. FMBeer is also a place to learn more about craft beer for those just branching out and a resource to come back to.