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TN Brewers swing support to grocery wine

By ERIK SCHELZIG
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, TN (AP) -- The beer industry has swung its support behind a bill to allow Tennessee supermarkets and convenience stores to sell wine as long as strong beer is included in the measure.

Tennessee Malt Beverage Association President Rich Foge (FOHG) confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday that his board decided to drop its long opposition to changing the law. In return, the beer makers want a provision allowing groceries to sell high-gravity beer, which has higher alcohol content.

Foge said the change reflects the House and Senate speakers' strong support for the bill, which would allow cities and counties that already allow liquor sales to hold referendums on whether to allow supermarket wine sales.

The bill is opposed by the liquor wholesalers and retailers.

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