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New Laws Expand Local Beer and Wine Markets

Apr 23, 2015

Recently signed legislation will allow craft brewers to distribute their product more widely.
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New Mexico’s craft beer and winemakers will be able to sell their products in more places come July 1st, 2015.

So this summer when you stop by a brewery you may be able to order a glass of local wine. And if you're visiting a tasting room at a winery, you might be able to order a pint produced at a local brewery.

That’s because New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez signed a few bills expanding markets for breweries and wineries around the state.

Nico Ortiz of Turtle Mountain Brewing Company is excited to sell his beer outside of his taproom.

“It will allow us to legally sell our beer to most of the channels that people go to, i.e., other restaurants and bars in the area, and convenient stores and grocery stores,” Ortiz said. “It enables us to build our brands and defend our turf. It’s a huge deal for us!”

New Mexico breweries alone generated over $42 million dollars last year.