TOURISM — IS ALL THANKS TO THE OPENING A LOCAL BREWERY. NOW — SOME LAWMAKERS ARE DISCUSSING WHETHER (MORE SMALL TOWNS AROUND THE STATE COULD BENEFIT FROM A CHANGE IN THE LIQUOR LICENSING PROCESS. NEWS 13 )S JEANNIE NGUYEN IS HERE TO EXPLAIN. MADELINE — A STATE REPRESENTATIVE IN TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES SAYS IT )S HARD FOR SMALL TOWNS LIKE HERS TO THRIVE… BECAUSE IT )S SO DIFFICULT FOR BUSINESSES TO GET LIQUOR LICENSES. 1:02:24 “We could not find a place to get a beer and we couldn )t believe that and at that point, we didn )t understand anything about NM liquor laws.” 1:02:31 THAT )S WHEN MARIANNE BLAUE AND HER HUSBAND DECIDED TO STEP UP. 0:14 “One bag premium pilsner!” 0:16 1:09:02 “There )s not an established night life, stuff to do here in the evening, and it )s hard to create that without having the bar/restaurant life in the downtown.” 1:09:14 TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES BREWING WAS BLAUE )S ATTEMPT AT REVITALIZING DOWNTOWN T-OR-C. BUT SHE QUICKLY LEARNED THAT SHE WOULD BE LIMITED WITH THE TYPES OF ALCOHOL SHE COULD SERVE — AFTER ONLY OBTAINING A SMALL MANUFACTURE BREWERY LICENSE. 1:05:56 “A full on liquor license is pretty much out of our reach, just because of the scarcity and the cost.” 1:06:02 THE BREWERY LICENSE STILL PROVED TO BE A BIG HELP FOR T OR C — DRAWING NEW PEOPLE TO DOWNTOWN. BUT A LIQUOR LICENSE ALLOWS BUSINESSES TO SERVE MIXED DRINKS — WHICH IS SOMETHING BLAUE SAYS T-OR-C STILL DESPERATELY NEEDS. 1:06:19 “Spirits opens up a bigger market to be able to not just offer wine and beer and cider, but also mixed drinks.” 1:06:30 THE TOPIC CAME UP IN AN INTERIM COMMITTEE MEETING AT THE ROUNDHOUSE LAST WEEK — WHERE STATE REPRESENTATIVE — REBECCA DOW OF T-OR-C — SAYS SHE HOPES TO CHANGE THE AVAILABILITY OF LIQUOR LICENSES… THROUGH LEGISLATION. DOW SAYS THE LICENSES ARE EXPENSIVE… AND THERE )S A LIMITED NUMBER AVAILABLE ACROSS THE STATE. THE MAJORITY OF THEM ARE IN BIGGER CITIES — LIKE ALBUQUERQUE. AND IN SMALLER TOWNS, NATIONAL CHAINS ARE SOMETIMES THE ONLY ONES THAT CAN AFFORD A LICENSE. 1:09:53 “I don )t know what it looks like, but I would like to find a way for small towns in rural New Mexico to have the ability to sell a mixed drink in their downtown area.” 1:10:02 REPRESENTATIVE DOW SAYS LIQUOR LICENSES CAN COST ANYWHERE FROM 250-THOUSAND TO A MILLION DOLLARS. SHE SAYS THE ONLY BUSINESSES IN TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES WITH THE LICENSE… ARE DRUG STORES. MADELINE — BACK TO YOU THANKS JEANNIE. TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES BREWING COMPANY HAS BEEN OPERATING FOR A YEAR NOW AND THE OWNERS SAY THEY )LL SUPPORT DOW IF SHE INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO CHANGE THE LICENSING PROCESS.