On March 21st, ND Governor Dalrymple signed SB 2284, the Brewer Taproom License bill, into law. Breweries with this license producing up to 25,000 barrels of beer a year can have a taproom and sell their beer for on-site consumption, distribute their beer with their own equipment throughout the state if they want and not use a distributor, and they can sell the beers they make off-sale at the brewery for people to take home and drink at home.
Some sources predict a large boom in breweries starting up with this bill. We will have to see what happens. These changes should certainly help start up breweries so they can avoid middlemen like distributors when they are small and then use those extra dollars to survive until they are established enough to naturally need the help of distributors and middlemen as they expand.