"Craft brewers and the state’s beer wholesalers have reached a deal that would resolve a decade-long dispute over distribution rights centered around when a brewer can sever ties with its distributor, paving the way for the state’s smaller beer brands to free themselves from relationships they may feel are inhibiting their growth.
The deal, if accepted by legislators on Beacon Hill, would apply to almost all of the more than 200 craft brewers in Massachusetts. The one notable exception would be Boston Beer Company, brewer of Samuel Adams beer and the second largest craft brewer in the country.
Sam Hendler, one of the three founding brothers of Jack’s Abby Brewing in Framingham, helped negotiate the deal on behalf of the Brewers Guild.
“I’m really excited. There’s still some anxiety because we don’t have a signature from the governor on the bill just yet. We are anxiously hopeful for everything to play out over the next two weeks,” Hendler said on Saturday."
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