Dennis Daugaard

Lawmakers hop to give craft brewers barrels of room to grow

It's happy hour for South Dakota's craft brewers.

The Senate unanimously passed a bill Thursday that would ease a state production limit and other rules for microbreweries.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard has pushed for the overhaul, arguing state regulations are stifling the industry in South Dakota.

Tony Venhuizen, the governor's chief of staff, said Daugaard believes the bill gives craft brewers the "tools they need to grow and thrive." The bill's passage comes after competing plans at the Capitol pit powerful beer distributors against the burgeoning craft brewing industry.

But senators united around a compromise, sending it to the House. Republican Sen....