“It’s a plus for me,” Kirkwood said. “My focus is selling my product to my neighbors and community.”
At the same time, Kirkwood, who doesn’t intend to widely distribute his beer and therefore doesn’t need a distributor, finds the 1,000-barrel cutoff limiting.
“The volume limitation at that moment of making 1,001 barrels has the effect of raising price to the consumer with no offsetting benefit,” Kirkwood said.
Mike Dwyer, the head brewer at Mackinaw Brewing Company in Traverse City, hopes the bills will help the burgeoning local beer business.
“There’s a real beer community happening in Traverse City, and we’re just for people being able to have things done so they can do their job more easily, brew beer, and bring people to Traverse City,” Dwyer said.