From the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild:
Representative Chuck McGrady Wins
First Annual Legislative Leadership Award
Craft beer has a powerful ally in the North Carolina legislature, and his name is Chuck McGrady. On December 2 at its annual conference, the NC Craft Brewers Guild awarded Representative McGrady its first annual legislative leadership award.
In his time at the NC General Assembly, Representative McGrady (R-Henderson) has become known as a champion of a diverse set of issues from the environment to renewable energy, education and insurance, and, of course, the craft brewing industry.
He was instrumental in helping to bring Sierra Nevada to Mills River, championing legislation in 2011 to make it possible. In 2013 he was the primary sponsor of the growler bill and the in-stand sales bill, and in 2015 was the primary sponsor of House Bill 625, which addressed a number of issues important to our industry, from self-distribution to contract brewing and alternating proprietorships. When the bill was held up in the House ABC Committee, he worked to ensure that the contract brewing and alternating proprietorship provisions became law as part of House Bill 909.
In accepting the award from the craft brewers, Rep. McGrady joked that his 26-year old son now has a new appreciation for the work he does in the General Assembly. He went on to remind those in attendance that North Carolina’s ABC laws are still quite antiquated and haven’t kept pace with the rapidly developing consumer interests.
“There’s still a lot of work to be done,” said McGrady. “I look forward to simplifying North Carolina’s regulation of alcoholic beverages, including craft beer. Craft brewers, after all, are just small businesses — and we in government need to make it easier for them to produce and sell their diverse — and delicious — products.”
Representative McGrady is a true friend to North Carolina’s craft brewers. Luckily for us, he has just filed for a fourth term. We look forward to working with him on issues important to brewers and beer lovers across North Carolina in the years to come.