While Governor Whitmer's visit to West Michigan on Monday had most of the attention focused on the state's back-to-work rules and a visit to Steelcase, another stop in Grand Rapids means that canned cocktails in Michigan will be cheaper and boozier.

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During a visit to Long Road Distillers in Grand Rapids, Whitmer signed a package of bills that will let places like Long Road Distillers sell canned cocktails containing 13.5% alcohol, which's up from the prior legal limit of 10%. The taxes on such drinks will also be lowered to 30 cents a liter for mixed spirits. The prior tax was 48 cents.

 

In a release to the media the governor explained the importance of the legislation in helping a Covid hampered industry:

This is a great example of bipartisan legislation that will create jobs and help our small businesses grow, and shows what we can do when we work together. Distillers are a growing industry in Michigan, and these bill make it easier for distillers to distribute their products.

The bills were sponsored by both Michigan Republicans & Democrats:

  • SB 141 was sponsored by Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R - Traverse City
  • SB 142 was sponsored by Sen. Winnie Brinks, D - Grand Rapids
  • SB 143 was sponsored by Sen. Jeremy Moss, D - Southfield
  • SB 144 was sponsored by Sen. Curt VanderWall, R - Ludington

All the bills can be seen on Michigan.gov.

Canned cocktails represent a growing part of the spirits industry, and SB 141-144 will allow for an expanded array of canned cocktails to be sold in Michigan. Previously, canned cocktails were capped at 10% alcohol-by-volume. These bills will allow for private wholesalers-often distilleries based in Michigan-to distribute canned cocktails up to 13.5% alcohol-by-volume. Taken together, the bills will cut red tape, support spirit manufacturers, and create good-paying jobs in Michigan. -Michigan.gov

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