Despite the harsh economic times that have hit Michigan, some industries, such as local breweries, are in the midst of booming success stories. Yet, state laws regulating just how much beer Michigan breweries could produce had stifled the growth of some in the brewing industry. Seeing the need for deregulation, Governor Snyder signed an act into legislation last month that lifted the cap on the amount of beer breweries could produce in a year.
The advancement of the state’s brewing industry is a sign of changing economic tides. The Brewers Association states that “craft brewers currently provide an estimated 100,000 jobs in the U.S.” And with Michigan ranking number 14 of breweries per capita, it’s possible that the increased amounts of brew can mean an increased number of jobs for the state.
Frankenmuth Brewery President Haithem Sarafa is excited about the possibilities that the law has opened up for his brewhouse. “We welcome changes to any antiquated regulations which stifle Michigan’s breweries or other businesses to grow and expand their market shares.”