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Representing Griswold, Groton, North Stonington, Plainfield, Preston, Sterling, Stonington & Voluntown

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May 11, 2011

Maynard: Senate Passes Bill Establishing Connecticut Brewery Trail

After unanimous approval, bill moves to state House of Representatives for action

The effort to establish the Connecticut Brewery Trail that would follow in the footsteps of the popular Connecticut Wine Trail, took another step forward this afternoon. The state Senate today unanimously approved the legislation, primary cosponsor Senator Andrew Maynard (D-Stonington) announced.

Connecticut is currently home to five production breweries and 11 brewpubs. The bill would establish the Brewery Trail and empower the placement of signage designating the trail and identifying area breweries and pubs.

“The potential for economic development of a home-grown industry is great,” said Senator Maynard. “One brewery in southeastern Connecticut grew its sales by 30 percent and added an additional full-time person to its staff in the midst of an economic downturn last year. This effort is about bolstering a burgeoning industry in our state, and I’m pleased to see it move forward with a unanimous Senate vote today.”

The legislation—Senate Bill 464, An Act Establishing a Connecticut Beer Trail—now awaits further action from the state House of Representatives. The bill was previously approved unanimously in both the General Law and Transportation Committees.

The 2011 regular legislative session adjourns on June 8.

Senator Andrew Maynard represents the communities of Griswold, Groton, North Stonington, Plainfield, Preston, Sterling, Stonington and Voluntown in the Connecticut State Senate, where he serves as Senate chair of the Transportation Committee and vice chair of the Environment Committee.


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