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Craft Beer Makers Heading To Mass. Statehouse

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BOSTON (AP) — Craft beer makers are planning to head to Beacon Hill to oppose a law they say is choking off job growth in the industry.

Members of the Massachusetts Brewers Guild say lawmakers need to update 41-year-old franchise laws they say tether brewers to wholesalers regardless of the wholesaler’s performance in distributing and marketing craft beers to restaurants, package stores and bars.

Massachusetts Brewers Guild President Rob Martin says the laws are stifling growth in an industry that employs 1,300 people in Massachusetts

Jim Koch, the founder of the Samuel Adams beer company, and Dan Kenary, co-founder of the Harpoon Brewery, are also planning to testify before the Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.

The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Statehouse.

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