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Under proposed legislation distilleries could make direct sales

By Associated Press 2:49 PM April 6, 2014

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow Alaska distilleries to sell directly to consumers.

House Bill 309 would also allow the distilleries to act more like breweries and offer samples during tours.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the bill from Anchorage Democratic Rep. Chris Tuck is aimed at improving tourism at the handful of distilleries in Alaska.

The bill advanced from the House Labor and Commerce committee and awaits debate on the House floor, but its chances of passing this year appear thin.

Rob Borland owns Ursa Major Distilling in Fairbanks. He says sees any action this year as laying groundwork for passage next year.

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