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Governor Signs Micro-Brewing Legislation, Additional Alcohol Bills

          Office of Gov. Dennis Daugaard

500 E. Capitol Ave.

Pierre, S.D. 57501







FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Thursday, March 22, 2018

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Governor Signs Micro-Brewing Legislation; Additional Alcohol Bills


PIERRE, S.D. – Today, Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed Senate Bill 173, which removes barriers for microbreweries by increasing the production limit to 30,000 barrels of beer per year and allowing microbreweries to self-distribute their product.


“This is an economic development win that will help our homegrown craft breweries grow and thrive,” said Gov. Daugaard. “Previously, South Dakota law capped microbreweries at 5,000 barrels of beer per year and prohibited an in-state microbrewery from selling its product directly to a retailer. The changes will allow us to better compete with our surrounding states which allow self-distribution and have higher distribution caps.”


Gov. Daugaard also signed five additional alcohol-related bills below today:


  • HB 1313 – an Act to revise certain provisions regarding the licensing of certain alcoholic beverage manufacturers.
  • HB 1146 – an Act to revise certain provisions regarding the consumption of alcoholic beverages by passengers aboard vehicles operated by licensed carriers.
  • SB 178 – an Act to provide certain exceptions from alcoholic beverage provisions regarding events conducted by certain civic, charitable, educational, fraternal, or veterans organizations.
  • SB 187 – an Act to establish certain provisions regarding the licensing of wine manufacturers.
  • HB 1067 – an Act to revise certain provisions regarding the licensing of wineries.


Gov. Daugaard added, “South Dakota’s alcohol laws were written over 80 years ago, after prohibition ended, and they have been amended many times. I thank legislators for passing these bills which streamline and modernize our statutes, so that they make sense for a 21st Century economy.”