The Louisville Courier-Journal, “MillerCoors: Beer truce would play favorites”

“MillerCoors has informed House Speaker Greg Stumbo that the brewer opposes a possible compromise mentioned by the Prestonsburg Democrat that could settle Kentucky’s beer distribution battle. Stumbo’s House Bill 168 would strip Anheuser-Busch of two distributorships it owns in Kentucky in the name of preserving the three-tiered system of alcohol sales that seeks to separate producers, distributors and retailers. The …

Press Release: KENTUCKY GUILD OF BREWERS ENCOURAGES PASSAGE OF HOUSE BILL 168 IN FULL HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOLLOWING COMMITTEE VOTE

KENTUCKY GUILD OF BREWERS ENCOURAGES PASSAGE OF HOUSE BILL 168 IN FULL HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOLLOWING COMMITTEE VOTE (Louisville, KY) – The Kentucky Guild of Brewers is pleased with the passage of House Bill 168 during Thursday’s meeting of the House Economic Development Committee. 15 members voted in favor of passing the bill over the 4 members voting no. House …

Associated Press, “Brewers Battle Over Who Can Distribute Beer in Kentucky”

“Tensions between the emerging craft beer industry and one of the world’s largest brewers have erupted into a regulatory fight about who can distribute beer in Kentucky. Anheuser-Busch owns two distributors in Kentucky and has attempted to buy others. But independent brewers worry they would be frozen out of the market if the beverage giant were to control more of …

Wave 3, “Kentucky beer battle compromise sought by lawmakers”

“Several lawmakers asked Anheuser-Busch and craft brewers Thursday to forge a compromise and prevent the legislature from making a difficult choice. The two sides are at odds over House Bill 168, the so-called “beer battle” legislation sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo. It would force Anheuser-Busch to sell its two Kentucky distributorships and prevent other out-of-state brewers from buying more. …

Lexington Herald-Leader, “Bill that would regulate beer distribution passes House committee”

“A bill, sponsored by House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, to close a loophole in state law that has let Belgian beer giant Anheuser-Busch buy two beer distributorships in Kentucky, passed a House committee on Thursday morning but its prospects on the floor are uncertain. The bill is designed to protect Kentucky businesses and jobs that might be lost to consolidation, …

WHAS 11, “Beer battle brewing in Frankfort spills into commercials”

“The battle over ownership of Kentucky beer distributorships that is brewing at the state capitol has spilled over into competing television commercials airing across the state. In its new ad, Kentuckians for Entrepreneurs and Growth (KEG), a group of independent distributors and craft breweries, alleges that Anheuser-Busch is attempting to create a “beer monopoly” that would force craft breweries out …

Lexington Herald-Leader, “Bill protects Kentucky-based beer industry”

“House Bill 168, introduced by House Speaker Greg Stumbo, is an act that will protect our local beer industry, family-owned distributors, retailers and local entrepreneurial craft brewers from mega monopolistic brewers expanding in our state. Following the takeover of Anheuser-Busch by InBev in 2008, the company has sought to expand control and grow profits by purchasing beer distributorships. That’s a …