Bill Allows California Brewery to Locate in Alcoa

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Supporters of a bill to establish state guidelines for high-alcohol beer hope the measure will help encourage a California beer maker to choose an East Tennessee site for a new brewery.
The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday voted 10-0 to advance the bill (SB1224)sponsored by Republican Sen. Ken Yager of Harriman to a full floor vote. The measure would govern the sale of beer with an alcohol content of 5 percent to 20 percent.
Bill Manley, a spokesman for Chico, Calif.-based Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., said Alcoa is on the short list of finalists for the new brewery.
He says the company brews several beers with both more and less than 5 percent alcohol, and that law changes are key to whether Alcoa will remain in contention.

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