A committee at the General Assembly approved a modified bill aimed at streamlining the state's craft beer industry earlier this week. Loosely translated, this means that craft beer - a booming industry in the Nutmeg State - isn't en route to going to big-box chain retailers. The key component that would have allowed it got killed in the process. Beyond craft beer, this means craft alcohol in general.
Lobbyist Josh Hughes, founder and executive director of The Connecticut Alcohol Retailers Exchange Inc., a trade association representing package stores and liquor retailers, launched an advertising campaign encouraging beer sales in the big box stores prior to the vote.