I believe the CT Manufacturer of Beer permit already allows this - or at least that is the impression we are under.
From the CT 2011 Final Liquor Book
Sec. 30-16 (b)
(b) A manufacturer permit for beer shall be in all respects the same as a manufacturerpermit, except that the scope of operations of the holder shall be limited to beer, but shallpermit the storage of beer in any part of the state. Such permit shall also authorize the offeringand tasting, on the premises of the permittee, of free samples of beer brewed on such premises and the selling at retail from the premises of sealed bottles or other sealed containers of such beer for consumption off the premises. The offering and tasting shall be limited to visitors whohave attended a tour of the premises of the permittee. Such selling at retail from the premises of sealed bottles or other sealed containers shall comply with the provisions of subsection (d)of section 30-91 and shall permit not more than eight liters of beer to be sold to any person on any day on which such sale is authorized under the provisions of subsection (d) of section 30-91. The annual fee for a manufacturer permit for beer shall be eight hundred dollars.
Currently under CT law, a manufacturer's permit for beer allows for a free tasting if the visitor has been given a tour first. Hooker I know charges for their tastings and to be honest, I don't know if that's kosher.
But it also allows for selling bottles/cans to take off premise (max 8 liters).
As far as allowing breweries selling on Sundays, that's on the top of my legislative to-do list. As a tourism-related operation, I need the ability to sell my product on a Sunday to visitors who come on the weekends. That's key.
Another weakness is that it doesn't appear that a brewery can sell beer by the keg with the 8 liter maximum. So that's another problem.
Would this apply to a "Nano Brewery"? Local wineries just got permission to sell wine at farmers markets, it would be great if beer was included in the language.
Good news: for 3 years I've been pursuing this legislation and finally got the support of Bob Duff in the Senate. The Farmer's Market Beer Sales Permit was established in CT law this past week when the governor signed it as Section 10 of Public Act 15-24. Applications at the Dept Consumer Protection.
Here's the pertinent language:
FARMERS' MARKET BEER SALES PERMIT
The bill creates a farmers' market beer sales permit that allows manufacturer permittees for beer, brewpubs, and beer and brewpubs, to sell beer they manufacture at up to three farmers' market locations a year for an unlimited number of appearances. The bill requires the DCP commissioner to issue such manufacturer permittees a farmers' market beer sales permit. The permit is valid for one year and requires a $250 annual fee, with a $100 nonrefundable filing fee.
In order to sell at a farmers' market, the permittee must (1) have an invitation from the farmers' market; (2) sell only sealed bottles of beer for off-premises consumption; and (3) be present, or have an authorized representative present, anytime beer is sold. The permittee may only sell up to five liters of beer per day to any one person.
Any town or municipality may, by ordinance or zoning regulation, prohibit a farmers' market beer sales permittee from selling beer at a farmers' market held in such town or municipality.
All the Best - who will be the first CT brewery to sell at a Farmer's Market???
Unfortunately, the state wants another $250/year for the privelege. A manufacturer/brewpub permit already costs $1500/year and now they want another $250 ON TOP of that? and we're limited to 3 locations/year.
Farm wineries can manufacture, they can offer samples, they can sell by the glass, they can wholesale, they can go to an unlimited number of farmers markets all with 1 permit that costs $300/year.
What ever happened to equal protection?