In case you missed it last week, there is good news for fans of Louisiana distilled spirits. According to the Times-Picayune:
“Louisiana distillers of spirits now can offer tours of their facilities and sell their products in-house, changes that will help members of that industry expand sales and attract tourists. Senate Bill 64 was passed by the state Legislature at the end of May, giving distilleries the freedom to give tours and sell 12 bottles of a product to an individual.”
A small but welcome step toward alcohol freedom in Louisiana. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Dan Morrish, R-Jennings, who gave his rationale for the bill as “Americans drink a lot of rum and hopefully they will drink more Louisiana rum”. I couldn’t agree more.
Now, I’ve written before about the horrible laws affecting Louisiana craft and microbreweries. Hopefully the success of this bill will lend toward some movement next year for beer lovers as well. Reading further in the Times-Picayune article gives credence to that hope.
Andrew Godley, the founder of Parish Brewing in Broussard, said that Senate Bill 64 passed without opposition, which makes him optimistic that something similar will go through for breweries.
“The law that just passed is very encouraging,” he said. “Recently, brewing companies haven’t tried anything. (There will) likely be pushing for modernization of the laws for fairness in the state of our industry.”
Godley thinks one of the main reasons breweries haven’t pushed for the change in legislation is the lack of a large micro-brewing industry in Louisiana.
“It takes quite a bit of people to force something to move,” he added. “There’s no push for it. You can’t have legislative change without a group of people working for change.”
Well Mr Godley, consider me another member of the group working for change. Cheers!