Canned cocktails in Michigan to get more alcohol, less tax

Photo courtesy of Governor Gretchen Whitmer\'s Office

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation at a Grand Rapids distillery that is expected to expand the canned cocktails business in Michigan.

The measure signed Monday at Long Road Distillers will make canned cocktails less expensive and allow for a higher alcohol content starting in August.

Canned cocktails can then have a 13.5% alcohol-by-volume up from the previous 10% limit.

The tax levied on mixed spirits will go down from 48 cents to 30 cents per liter.

Whitmer and wholesalers say there is increased interest in canned cocktails and the legislation will help the industry grow.

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