Bill Manley from Sierra Nevada sent me an email. I don't want to publish it's contents without his permission. What I can tell you is that they are in 100% agreement with our stance that the bill should not harm any TN brewers. They did make that known to lawmakers- so that is good. Also- TN is just a finalist for the brewery and this law is there to keep us in the running. We still have to hope for Sierra to locate here if we get this bill perfected and passed.
Not only would a Sierra Nevada brewery/restuarant help the local economy of Blount County, it would be a HUGE boost to the Tennessee's national image on the craft beer scene.
UPDATE: Read the official statement from Sierra Nevada