MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – There’s a battle brewing over the new keg laws in Michigan.
Bell’s Brewery is suing the state. The Michigan Information and Research Service reports that the Kalamazoo-based beer-maker filed the complaint last week.
The new keg law in Michigan requires an ID tag to be attached to all kegs when they’re sold. If it’s not intact when the keg is returned, the buyer faces a fine and jail time.
State lawmakers say the bill will crack down on underage drinking, but the lawsuit claims it also unfairly targets Michigan’s microbrewery industry.
According to MIRS, Bell’s owner, Larry Bell, says the bill will take away the incentive to return kegs, which will cost breweries money. He also says it will restrict the number of people who can purchase kegs.