Governor Malloy has signed a bill creating a “Farm Brewery” license. Permit holders are allowed to make, store, bottle, distribute, and sell up to 75-thousand gallons of beer a year. The product can be labeled as “Connecticut Craft Beer." The Kent Falls Brewing Company in Kent is considered the state’s first “Farm Brewery."
The permit also allows permittees to offer tastings and free samples, and retail sales for both on- and off-premises consumption, though a municipality may prohibit the activity by local ordinance or regulation.
General Law Ranking Member Representative Richard Smith of New Fairfield helped move the bill through the legislature.
According to the Brewer’s Association, the craft brewery industry in the state has a $569 million economic impact every year. Permits were first licensed in nearby New York in 2013, and since then more than 160 businesses have obtained farm brewery licenses.
The annual fee for a farm brewery manufacturer permit in Connecticut is $300. The amount a farmers' market beer sales permittee may sell to a person per day at a farmers' market was also increased from five to seven liters.