Alaska regulation limiting events at breweries, distilleries sparks calls for law change

Sean Maguire

 A draft regulation that would restrict events at breweries and distilleries is again sparking calls for the Legislature to rewrite the state’s alcohol laws.

In its July meeting, the Alcohol Beverage Control Board proposed a regulation package that would restrict festivals, games and competitions, classes, public parties, presentations or performances and other social gatherings advertised to the general public.

According to a memorandum from the board’s director Erika McConnell, “the board directed staff to strengthen the language to better reflect the legislative intent that these licenses are manufacturers, not retailers.”

Evan Wood, the co-owner of Devil’s Club Brewing in Juneau, calls it “a terrifying package.” He says, if adopted by the board, the regulation could ban tours of breweries as well as breweries hosting fundraising events for local charities.

Echoing many brewery owners, Wood says the proposed regulation is vague and lawmakers need to step in to rewrite Title 4 Statutes, the state’s alcohol laws.

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