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Maryland small brewers squaring off in Annapolis with alcohol industry

Maryland small brewers squaring off in Annapolis with alcohol industry

Calling state lawmakers “ham-handed” idiots is not a typical recipe for passing proposed legislation in the Maryland General Assembly.

But that’s how Comptroller Peter Franchot has characterized lawmakers whose support he needs for a bill that he says would give small craft beer makers a better chance to compete against the “corporate beer monopoly.”

The comptroller says he is fighting for the up-and-coming small craft beer business while the General Assembly is supporting a traditional alcohol industry dating back nearly a century.

But the delegates scheduled to discuss the comptroller’s bill at a Friday hearing in Annapolis have not taken kindly to the Democrat’s...

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