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Legislature OKs Wine Tasting at Farmers Markets, Beer Refills at Restaurants

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Legislation is on its way to the governor for final approval that would allow small winemakers to offer tastings and sell their wine at farmers markets.

According to WNEM, the bill passed through the Senate 37-0 and is set to be sent to Governor Rick Snyder. It will require winemakers wanting to do business at a farmers market to pay $25 for a permit.

Another bill nearing passage would allow regular bars and restaurants to fill growlers of craft beer for patrons to take with them and drink elsewhere. Currently, only brewpubs and microbreweries can refill growlers for off-site consumption.

Supporters say this will help a growing industry in the state. Opponents have argued about expanding access to alcohol.

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