I applaud Governor Malloy's plan to revamp CT liquor sales by turning it into more than just the usual Sunday liquor sales proposal (and the inevitable arguments that go along with that), and putting together a plan that attempts to satisfy multiple parties and their varying interests.
It finally feels like there's a realistic and far-reaching plan to update the archaic and misdirected laws that govern a specific area of CT commerce, only to limit customer choice and turn the traditional laws of capitalism and free market economy on their head.
The details of the bill are available here: http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/lib/malloy/2012.01.14_modernizing...
I don't care to get wrapped up in a debate over the pros and cons of the bill, but will assume that most people in this community support it. If you want to show your support for the proposal, you can find the phone number and email address of your senator and representative at this link: http://www.cga.ct.gov/maps/townlist.asp. Contact your local legislator and let him/her know that you support the proposal, and request their vote of yes when it comes up for a vote.
The CT Beer Trail has started an open dialog with the Governor's staff regarding these proposed changes, and we're working with our associated breweries and brew pubs to get their inputs and feedback.
How about suggesting to Gov Malloy to allow homebrew beer in Pubs where a Homebrew club is holding a meeting as long as you have consent of the pub. Michegan passed House bill 4061 which does this.
Just a thought.
I don't know if it makes sense to address with the Governor's staff as part of these changes, but it might also be helpful to bring to their attention the fact that CT is one of the more difficult states for brewers to enter due to the long and challenging process to get a label approved. One of the CT breweries may have more and better info on the details surrounding this, but the effect of this seems to be that entrepreneurs are not incented to start a brewery here, which is why CT lags behind other nearby states in number of breweries. In addition, breweries from out of state are slow to enter the CT market because of this difficulty, which drives consumers to neighboring states for more selection, which in turn creates a sense that there is not a healthy market in CT as compared to neighboring states. Addressing this issue might incent entrepreneurs to launch businesses, attract business from out of state, give consumers more choice, and bring more tax revenue to the state. Again, there are others who know more about this than I, so their input would be helpful too.