California craft brewers sue alleging discrimination in reopening

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The California Craft Brewers Association (CCBA) announced the filing of a Motion for Preliminary Injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

The association argues while wine and beer manufacturers and their customers were initially treated equally in the CDPH’s reopening guidelines for the alcohol manufacturing industry, the equal treatment did not last long.

According to the lawsuit reopening guidelines unconstitutionally discriminate against California beer manufacturers and their customers by forcing beer manufacturers to adhere to a “meal requirement” that does not apply to identically situated wine manufacturers (including those operating out of the exact same building as beer manufacturers).

Wine and beer manufacturers are two of the largest industries in California, with approximately 4,000 wineries and 1,000 breweries operating across California. Both wine and beer manufacturers are located in every region in California – sometimes operating out of the exact same building and serving their product to customers in the exact same seating area.

“Craft beer manufacturers have suffered and will continue to suffer irreparable harm if this meal requirement is not lifted,” said CCBA executive director, Lori Ajax. “California businesses are fighting to survive, and this requirement has contributed to beer manufacturers going out of business across the state and delayed others from being able to open their doors. In addition, the California beer consumer is being unfairly penalized by having to purchase a meal in order to consume a beer on location.”

Virginia Morrison, Esq., CEO, Co-Founder, Chief Legal Officer, Second Chance Beer Co. joined Good Evening San Diego

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