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Proposal might make it easier to get craft beer in Montgomery County

Proposal might make it easier to get craft beer in Montgomery County

Montgomery County is moving to unshackle its restaurants and retailers from an archaic system in which the local government distributes every bottle of wine and keg of beer sold in the Washington suburb. If approved by the General Assembly next year, the change could be the first step in the privatization of Montgomery's unique county-run liquor store system — or a compromise that preserves it for decades to come. "This would be the first meaningful change since Prohibition," said County Councilman Hans Riemer, a leading proponent. Under the current system, restaurants and stores that sell beer and wine find it difficult — and expensive — to offer products...

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