One of the top three micro breweries in Norway has sent an e-mail to Vinmonopolet, the state alcohol monopoly, with a modest proposal. They ask if they could pick 10 of the biggest stores across Norway and give them the permission to order special products in small quantities, giving those particularly interesed in beer the opportunity to buy a bottle or two. To avoid this getting too bureaucratic, the producers/importers should be able to offer the products directly to the stores.
I’d like to add that this would in no way undermine the system, but it would meet the needs of a growing number of consumers. Some of these beers are now available in bars and restaurants in three or four cities, but it is not convenient for everyone to visit those places.
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