With the rise of craft beers and micro-distilleries in Iowa, state officials will be conducting a comprehensive review of Iowa’s alcohol laws.
The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (ABD) and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (EDA) will lead the study in conjunction with stakeholders. They will be looking at all three tiers of the alcoholic beverage industry.
Some of the topics to be discussed include the growing craft brewing and micro-distilleries industries. According to the Brewers Association, craft breweries have a $636 million economic impact in Iowa and Iowa ranks 15th in country with 2.6 breweries per 100,000 adults of drinking age. The Iowa’s Brewers Guild has over 70 established or future breweries members that operate in the state. There are currently 11 micro-distilleries in the state with $6.5 million in revenue between 2013 and 2015.
The stakeholders hope to make changes to adapt to new consumer demands and make it easier to conduct business in the state. Iowa’s current alcohol laws have been in effect since 1934 and stakeholders have been urging changes to better adapt to current business practices. The taskforce will begin work immediately and hope to have legislative recommendations before the start of the next legislative session.