Homer brewers sue state of over restrictions in alcohol law

Anchorage’s Zip Kombucha is the third plaintiff

Three breweries, two from Homer, are suing the State of Alaska over restrictions imposed on providing live music and entertainment at their establishments. The two local businesses are Grace Ridge Brewing, owned by Don and Sherry Stead, and Sweetgale Meadworks and Cider House owned by Jason Davis. The third is Zip Kombucha, a brewery and taproom in Anchorage.

The plaintiffs are represented by Pacific Legal Foundation, described by their website as “a public interest law firm that defends American’s liberties when threatened by government overreach and abuse.” The organization represents their clients free of charge. The lawsuit was filed Feb. 20 in Anchorage.

The limitations are a result of Alaska Senate Bill 9, which went into effect in October 2022. Other features of the bill include limits on the quantity of alcohol that can be sold to a customer and consumed on the premises, the prohibition of seating at the bar where brewed beverages are served, restrictions on games and entertainment and limited hours of operation.