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Emilie Ikeda reports Fri, 19 May 2017 21:34:58 +0000 Cheap brews Emilie Ikeda reports WHAG are choices for a beverage are starting to expand -- as new legislation is cutting costs for alcohol producers in montgomery county... whag's emilie ikeda has more.... <<emilie ikeda reporting: nassim sultan, master brewer at gordon biersch <natsot> emilie ikeda reporting: when it comes to being in business with alcohol -- montgomery county has a reputation of making it difficult.... natsot emilie ikeda reporting: but the county council is taking steps to change that -- after passing a series of laws to promote local production of alcohol. council member hans riemer, montgomery county: "we're starting to shift the culture of buying big, global brands of products, to buying creatively crafted products in our own community to create local jobs and build local community life." emilie ikeda reporting: council member riemer has spear- headed many of the council's efforts... including allowing craft brewers to sell directly to stores without going through the county's department of liquor... this week, a new reform passed, as part of the approval of the fiscal year 2018 budget for the washington suburban sanitary commission. council member hans riemer, montgomery county: "we waived the cost of installing larger pipes, if your facility needs larger pipes then existed before or if they didn't have pipes at all." emilie ikeda reporting: it's called a system development charge -- and now, local producers of alcohol can avoid it. brendan o'leary, co-owner of true respite brewing: "we're moving into a space that has never been a brewery prior there. the infrastructure there for brewing equipment doesn't really exist, we're gonna have to build it out ourselves." emilie ikeda, @emilieikeda: "council members say the exemptions are meant to benefit the public, so things like affordable housing and biotech research can also avoid sdc fees." emilie ikeda reporting: so for o'leary who says montgomery county is behind the curve on the craft brewing industry -- this exemption, says a lot about its desire to change... natsot emilie ikeda reporting: so much so, he's moving to the area... brendan o'leary, co-owner of true respite brewing: "i think montgomery county is taking the stance that craft breweries are a critical piece of the local spot for people to come together and get to know one another." emilie ikeda reporting: in rockville, emilie ikeda, i-270 news. >> tasmin: look on your seven day forecast, stay with we will be back with a final look

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