The Legislature has approved sweeping changes to Iowa’s alcohol policy intended to encourage economic development and tourism across the state.
Some of the main changes will allow for breweries to now sell wine by the glass and small native distillers to sell by the glass to patrons at the distillery, which they could previously not do. The changes also increase the number of bottles that can be sold at some native distilleries and allows for all native distillers to offer samples to patrons whether they are on a tour or not.
The changes approved will implement some of the policy suggestions of the alcohol policy working group commissioned by the Governor that met over the fall months leading up to the this past legislative session. The working group included members of Iowa’s three tier system, including regulators, distributors, and producers.