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New Louisiana law could bring alcohol donations back to BREW, CORK

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Beer drinkers line up for samples at BREW 2013 Beer drinkers line up for samples at BREW 2013
It's an achievement that would make a beer lover raise a glass: two breweries opened in Shreveport in 2013. Red River Brewing was licensed by the state Oct. 9. Great Raft Brewing poured the first Shreveport-produced beer for purchase Oct. 15.

Craft beer enthusiasts, however, say the state's old laws are not in line with an emerging industry. Downtown Shreveport Unlimited, the organizers behind Red River Revel, Mudbug Madness and CORK, experienced that first hand before October's BREW. The organizations worked out special licenses for homebrewers and the group paid for the big-name beers, which had previously been donated.

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"It's totally opposite of what all other laws usually say: If it's not prohibited by law you can do it. The opposite takes effect when it comes to alcohol," Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner Troy Hebert said at the time.

Paying for the beers was not in the event's budget and cost an approximate $12,000.

New legislation, House Bill 1036, could bring back donated drinks.

"This is important not just to BREW and CORK- festivals that depend on donations- but even Mudbug Madness that buys products from the distributor," Downtown Shreveport Unlimited's Melanie Bacon said.

The Louisiana House passed HB 1036 88-17 April 9. In May, the Senate voted on and approved an amended version. The bill is now assigned to a conference committee to work out a compromise.

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