Economic Impact of Craft Beer 'Pop the Cap' Legislation in North Carolina

Pop the Cap was the grass-roots campaign that led to the passing of legislation to raise the limit on the percentage of alcohol by volume (ABV) allowed in beer sold in NC. Up until 2005, no beer could be sold that was above 6% ABV. With the passing of this law, the cap was raised to 15%.

At the time, those pushing for this change were doing so on the promise that it would create an estimated 300 jobs at the new breweries that would open up, brewing styles that previously couldn't be made in NC (barleywines, imperial stouts, etc.). However, by more recent projections, we have seen the addition of close to 10,000 jobs at breweries, distributors, and retail stores across the state of North Carolina, since the bill's passage.

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