Montana Code Annotated 2023



Part 3. Special Licenses

Academic Brewer License Under Small Brewer Exception -- Conditions

16-4-314. Academic brewer license under small brewer exception -- conditions. (1) A postsecondary institution may apply for an academic brewer license under this section that allows the licensee to brew and sell beer to wholesalers as provided in this section. The academic brewer license:

(a) does not allow for the sale of beer at retail and does not allow for the operation of a sample room as provided in 16-3-213;

(b) is limited to production of 10,000 barrels annually;

(c) allows for distribution only to wholesalers as provided in 16-3-214;

(d) is under the ownership of a postsecondary institution;

(e) may not offer gambling activities;

(f) is otherwise subject to laws applying to brewery licenses as provided in this code; and

(g) must operate in an on-campus facility operated in conjunction with a beer-brewing class or curriculum taught at the postsecondary institution or in conjunction with research at the postsecondary institution.

(2) When a postsecondary institution has met the conditions in subsection (3) and has paid the fee specified for a brewer under 16-4-501, the department shall issue the academic brewer license.

(3) To obtain a license under this section, a postsecondary institution shall:

(a) document approval by the postsecondary institution's board of trustees or the board of regents of higher education, as applicable;

(b) identify the on-campus location of the site where classes in beer making are to be held or where research is to take place; and

(c) for criminal background requirements under 16-4-414, designate two or more individuals, each of whom must have responsibility for licensing compliance and each of whom must meet the requirements in 16-4-401(2)(a).

(4) For the purposes of this section, the term "postsecondary institution" means:

(a) a unit of the Montana university system as described in 20-25-201; or

(b) a Montana community college that is part of a community college district as defined in 20-15-101.

(5) The department may adopt rules to implement this section.

History: En. Sec. 1, Ch. 343, L. 2017; amd. Sec. 1, Ch. 53, L. 2023; amd. Sec. 9, Ch. 749, L. 2023.