Louisiana could soon embrace the craft liquor trend.
The state Legislature on Wednesday gave final passage to a bill that would pave the way for so-called micro-distilleries to sprout up here, as they have across the country in recent years. The measure now heads to Gov. Bobby Jindal for approval.
House Bill 233 would create the permitting process and other regulations for distillers who want to process less than 12,00 gallons of liquor a year. Permits will cost $1,000, and micro-distilleries won’t be able to sell their spirits wholesale.
The product would be taxed at the same rate and in the same manner as all other alcoholic beverages.
NPR last year reported that the number of micro-distilleries nationally doubled between 2008 and 2012 making gin, vodka, rum and other spirits in small batches.