Compromise on Self-Distribution Could Get More Craft Beer in VA Stores

In a rare example of legislative alignment between breweries and beer wholesalers, Virginia is poised to become the first state in the U.S. to enact a self-funding system by which breweries can directly distribute their beer to retailers. The “limited self-distribution” model aims to lower some of the sales hurdles facing the smallest of the state’s breweries at a time when craft beer sales slow nationally and wholesalers are wary of taking on new brands. The new law would allow all in-state breweries to self-distribute up to 500 barrels of beer per year.