Excerpt By: Written By: Carolina Journal. Written By: John Trump.
North Carolinians have an insatiable taste for craft beers, and they have little tolerance for lawmakers who want to tamper with how they get their stouts and IPAs.
A survey of North Carolina voters bears that out.
Brewers around the state, some 180 of them, simply want what’s fair.
One goal of craftfreedom.org — a campaign by brewers to even the proverbial playing field with wholesalers — is, at least for now, eliminating a state law requiring brewers to procure a distributor once their beer output reaches 25,000 barrels.
The survey of 800 likely voters, prepared for Craft Freedom by Strategic Partners Solutions and overseen by Republican political consultant Paul Shumaker, finds the more voters learn about the impact of the production cap on North Carolina breweries, support for the production cap nearly completely vanishes. (See summary of results here.)
That goes for people who voted for President Trump or his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.