Deasy’s H.B. 325 reported out of House Liquor Control Committee

Measure would create Pennsylvania Distilled Spirits Industry Promotion Board

HARRISBURG, March 12 – A bill designed to create the Pennsylvania Distilled Spirits Industry Promotion Board, responsible for awarding grants to craft distilleries, was unanimously reported out of the House Liquor Control Committee Monday, announced state Rep. Dan Deasy, D-Allegheny.

Deasy, Democratic chairman of the House Liquor Control Committee, introduced H.B. 325, which would create a board charged with awarding $1 million in grants to be used for promotion, marketing and research-based projects that would benefit the distilled spirits industry in the commonwealth.

“Since 2012, the commonwealth has gone from having four limited distilleries to more than 100. This rapid level of growth is exciting, but distillers are still faced with challenges. These grants provide an opportunity for our vibrant distilling industry to further expand and compete on a level playing field," Deasy said.

“Pennsylvania has created marketing and research promotion boards for both wine and brewed beverages in recent years, and our distilleries deserve the same level of support. This bill does just that, and I’m confident it will help the state reach new levels of production and success when it comes to distilled spirits in the commonwealth.”

Deasy said the Pennsylvania Distilled Spirits Industry Promotion Board would be comprised of five appointees designated by Gov. Tom Wolf and both chambers of the state legislature.

The bill now awaits action by the full House.