Deasy’s H.B. 325 passes House, heads to state Senate

Bill would create the Pennsylvania Distilled Spirits Industry Promotion Board

HARRISBURG, March 18 – A measure designed to create the Pennsylvania Distilled Spirits Industry Promotion Board, responsible for awarding grants to craft distilleries, on Monday was passed by the state House of Representatives, 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 tasked with awarding $1 million in grants to be used for promotion, marketing and research-based projects to benefit the distilled spirits industry in the commonwealth.

“The commonwealth has seen a large influx of distilleries in recent years, which is extremely exciting. However, distillers are still faced with challenges,” Deasy said. “The grants awarded by this board would provide opportunities for the continued growth of the state’s distilling industry, allowing the commonwealth to reach new benchmarks in regard to production. I thank my colleagues on both sides of the political aisle for getting this bill across the finish line.”

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

The bill now heads to the state Senate for consideration.