A Boost for WV Craft Brewers with the Signing of SB 273 by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin


On May 11, 2015, Gov. Tomlin was joined by members of the West Virginia Legislature, Craft Brewers, and Tourism Industry Partners for the signing of two bills SB 273 and SB 581.

For WV Craft Brewers, the signing of SB 273 allows craft brewers to sell and refill growlers (64 oz), it reduces licensing fees by basing them on production and eliminates bonding requirements. Craft beer enthusiasts will now be able to purchase WV craft beer in growlers at a variety of retail venues throughout the state.

05-11-15-SB-273-SB-581-Three craft brewers witnessed the signing at the State Capitol – Blackwater Brewing Company’s Lincoln Wilkins (Davis, WV), Bridge Brew Works’ Ken Linch (Fayetteville, WV), and Mountain State Brewing Company’s Brian Arnett (Thomas, WV).  Photo from the Governor’s Office

In addition, Gov. Tomblin signed SB581 bolstering the West Virginia Tourism Promotion Fund, which will support marketing and advertising efforts for a robust regional and national campaign.

For more information on West Virginia ABCA requirements and application to sell draft beer in growlers, please click here.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen!


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