Proposed law could allow college brewing programs to sell their beers

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EDEN, N.C. — Rockingham Community College is one of five colleges that want to be able to sell the beer they make. Currently students brew, bottle and taste their beer, but the beer isn’t allowed out of their brewing center on Washington Street in Eden.

If a proposed state law passes colleges with a brewing program would be allowed to sell up to 100 gallons of their beer.

“A revenue stream that we could develop would be very beneficial to the program,” explains Keith Elliott, program director at Rockingham Community College.

The school would also be able to participate in 12 events each year.

RCC’s brewing program started this past August. The two-year program had seven students enrolled. Next semester there’re already 10 signed up.

Elliott believes selling the beer would help sell the program.

“The students would be able to go and say to people ‘I helped make that beer you are now buying,'” explains Elliott.

The proposed law is sponsored by Rep. Chuck McGrady from Hendersonville.

The college is hoping it will be discussed during the General Assembly’s short session.

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