As North Carolina’s brewery scene has exploded, a new generation of beer drinkers wants to let their dogs partake as well.
The only problem? Under North Carolina health regulations, dogs aren’t allowed inside breweries. An influential N.C. House member says he wants the General Assembly to fix that.
The state legislature could consider a law allowing brewery owners to decide whether or not to allow dogs inside, says Rep. Jon Hardister, a Republican from Greensboro.
“I’m hoping the #NCGA can clarify this so business owners can decide what is best for them and their patrons,” he wrote on Twitter.
Dogs have become staples of brewery life in cities and town across North Carolina. That’s partly because many breweries make use of outdoor beer gardens. But many breweries have also leaned into being dog-friendly, offering treats and water bowls for four-legged customers.
In some places, dogs were allowed inside breweries by the establishment — until health department inspectors began cracking down.