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      Craft beer breweries benefit with new legislation

      New legislation passed by Michigan's Governor Rick Snyder is giving craft beer brewers a boost in the state.

      One of the new laws raises the amount of beer microbrewers can produce from 30,000 to 60,000 barrels per year, allowing them to stay classified as microbrewers and therefore pay less in taxes.

      Another law allows microbrewers to sell their beer directly to other licensed brewers. The owners of Blackrocks Brewery in Marquette say they're happy to see the new laws.

      "I think it helps those breweries that are approaching brewery status and start to lose some of those tax breaks," said Angy Langlois of Blackrocks Brewery. "It's going to help some of these newer breweries that are under 1,000 barrels, I think any time they're doing something that can help breweries thrive it's a good thing."

      The Michigan Brewers Guild says the industry contributes more than $133 million to the state's economy each year.