The measure faced opposition from a bipartisan group of roughly 30 Democratic and Republican state lawmakers. Small brewers and brewers guilds in states including Pennsylvania and Massachusetts have voiced opposition to similar plans in recent years, with their protests taking on greater urgency after Anheuser-Busch InBev bought the Craft Brewer's Alliance's ( HOOK) Goose Island Brewery earlier this year; equity firm North American breweries bought up craft brewers including Vermont-based Magic Hat and Portland, Ore.-based MacTarnahan's; and former Skyy Vodka executives bought 115-year-old San Francisco brewer Anchor Brewing last summer.

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