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House Bill 309
ANCHORAGE, AK- With the passing of House Bill 309, the Alaska Distillery will open up its doors to a new kind of business.
"In the past, people will come out but they can't come in and its really discouraging, " says Scott Lindequist, Distiller at Alaska Distillery.
HB 309 will allow five craft distilleries in Alaska to do business like breweries and wineries, meaning that Alaska Distillery can sell directly to consumers, offer samples and take visitors on tours of the facility.
"What we want to do is we want to turn our distillery into a destination where the consumer can come in try a sample of our product, pick out their favorite to take home and grab a hat or shirt and have a good experience while doing," says, Toby Foster, CEO of Alaska Distillery.
"I don't think people realize the extent that Alaska Distillery goes through to make a product. I guess were just going to be able to explain it a little better and come in and do it face to face," says Lindequist.
CEO and Founder Toby Foster also had a hand in getting the legislation passed.
"All the distilleries here in Alaska had a part in facilitating the passage of HB 309. We all worked together and we looked at the different regulations that Alaska has. We wanted to see change to allow us to compete more freely," said Foster.
In all, Foster says this bill allows his company, and other distilleries in Alaska, to do business in a more meaningful way.