by Michelle Minton
Competitive Enterprise Institute
December 05, 2013
In Pennsylvania, the way beer gets from the brewery to your local bar or store may be about to fundamentally change, for the better. Pennsylvania State Rep. Mike Tobash (R-125) has introduced a bill that would end a longstanding system that locks brewers into contracts for life with their distributors—and sometimes longer, as explained below. If approved, Rep. Tobash’s bill would finally give brewers the flexibility to choose distributors based on their business needs. This would increase competition, allow new distributors to enter the market, and result in lower prices and greater choice for consumers.