Governor Jack Markell signed legislation Monday to ensure farm wineries, brew pubs, microbreweries, and craft distilleries have a fair opportunity to grow its small businesses.
Markell and House Speaker Representative Pete Schwartzkopf, the bill's primary sponsor, were joined by representatives from the industry as they outlined the benefits of House Bill 190 during a ceremony at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton.
"Delaware companies in this field have served our residents incredibly well, but our laws have put them at a disadvantage," said Markell. "House Bill 190 gives these hardworking businessmen and women a fair chance to reach their potential. When Delaware's small businesses can compete on a level playing field, we know they will thrive."
Brew pubs will be allowed to distill any product, including Delaware farm products like peaches, strawberries, and honey. HB190 will also permit businesses to associate with a manufacturing firm in another state as long as its combined sales do not exceed the maximum amount allowed to be licensed in Delaware.