Gov. Bev Perdue today signed H796, which will help expand the craft brewery industry in North Carolina, creating new jobs and further improving the state's overall business climate.
"My top priority is creating jobs, and this bill will fuel the expansion of an industry that has already put down roots in North Carolina," Gov. Perdue said. "North Carolina's top-ranked business climate helps us attract new businesses and help existing ones grow and thrive."
The legislation will allow all breweries to offer tastings and sell their products on site, a change aimed at drawing new breweries -- and new jobs -- into North Carolina. In recent years, the state has seen a sharp growth in small craft breweries, and the new law will help attract new operations interested in opening breweries that also serve as tourist destinations.