Vermont lawmakers give stronger beer a boost

Vermont lawmakers have widened the number of stores that may sell beer stronger than 8% abv.

Last week the Senate followed the House’s lead and approved the measure that allows the beer to be sold at grocery and convenience stores. Previously only liquor stores could sell stronger beer.

Morgan Wolaver, the owner of Otter Creek Brewery in Middlebury, says that currently only 30% to 40% of the state’s 75 liquor stores carry the specialty beers.

He says he plans to launch a stronger brew after Gov. Jim Douglas signs the legislation loosening the distribution restrictions.