Craft brewers win round in fight over beer coolers

Missouri craft brewers scored a victory Tuesday in their fight over a proposal that would allow beermakers to lease coolers to stores.

Negotiators in the Missouri House and Senate removed language from legislation that the Missouri Small Brewers Guild said would give big brewers, including Anheuser-Busch, an unfair advantage in dictating what beers could be stocked in coolers if they’re leasing them to retailers.

The smaller brewing companies said that would limit access to their beer.

Negotiators working on Senate Bill 994 said they removed the cooler language because it could endanger other provisions of the measure.

The bill is expected to be debated in the full Senate in the coming days. Lawmakers are scheduled to adjourn Friday.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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