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North Carolina beer distribution law: Brewers’ suit bubbling

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A legal challenge is bubbling against a North Carolina law requiring popular beer-makers to hand over substantial control of their product to outside distributors.

Lawyers representing two Charlotte craft breweries filed court documents Tuesday seeking communications between state legislators and beer wholesalers, one of the state’s most powerful political interest groups.

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and Noda Brewing Co. sued after years of stymied attempts to change a law forcing brewers to hand over distribution to another company if they sell enough beer in a year to roughly fill an Olympic-size swimming pool.

The moves come after a judge last week refused to dismiss the lawsuit against the state, which alleges North Carolina’s beer distribution law is unconstitutional.

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