The good folks out at Ale Republic alerted us to the fact that the first notable piece of legislation that affects craft breweries comes up this Thursday in Santa Fe. A new reciprocity bill is due for a vote before the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee, which meets at 1:30 p.m. in Room 309.
Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard has introduced a bill to expand the existing reciprocity between New Mexico breweries and wineries to now include craft distilleries as well. The current law allows breweries to also sell wine, as long as it is made in the state, without requiring a wine license. In turn, wineries can add craft beer taps from local breweries. If the new bill passes, distilleries such as Broken Trail, Left Turn, Santa Fe Spirits, and more will have the same ability. At present, a distillery can only have beer on tap if it has a small brewer license.
Basically, you could go to a single New Mexico liquor-producing entity and you could have a mixed drink, a glass of wine, and a pint of beer, so long as all are made within the state. (We would recommend you do not drink all three without a designated driver/Uber/Lyft/taxi at hand.) The full text of the proposal can be found here, but be forewarned, it is written in that nebulous legalese that has befouled many a person.
Five state representatives sit on the committee — Eliseo Lee Alcon (District 6/Cibola and McKinley Counties), Deborah A. Armstrong (17/Bernalillo), Patricia Roybal Caballero (13/Bernalillo), Bob Wooley (66/Chaves, Lea, Roosevelt), and Monica Youngblood (68/Bernalillo). If any of them are your state rep, and if you support the passing of this bill, please contact them and encourage them to vote yes. Use this handy feature to find your rep and contact him or her.
If you have any questions, contact us, or you can contact Patrick Johnson of Ale Republic at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once we find out the results of the committee vote, we will share it here.