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Dogs visit Joymongers Brewing Co. in Greensboro in 2017. Guilford County health inspectors recently determined that Joymongers’ policy of allowing dogs inside violated state health laws banning animals from food service areas. A new bill would change that.

RALEIGH — The dog days could continue unabated at Joymongers Brewing Co. in Greensboro and other breweries in North Carolina under a bill unveiled Friday by state Rep. Jon Hardister.

Hardister, R-Guilford, is co-sponsoring legislation that would put breweries that have taprooms on a par with wineries when it comes to state health laws governing whether pets can be present in tasting rooms.

“It should be up to taprooms to decide whether or not they want to allow pets inside their facility,” Hardister said.

Joymongers, on North Eugene Street in Greensboro, recently ran afoul of Guilford County health inspectors who determined that its policy of allowing dogs to accompany their beer-sipping owners inside violated state health laws banning critters from food service areas.

Hardister said in a news release Friday afternoon that he had worked with the Guilford County Health Department, state health officials and the Craft Brewers Guild in fermenting the bill.

Putting taprooms in the same category of regulation as wineries “would create clarity and consistency in the law,” he said. Hardister said he developed the bill with state Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson, who chairs the N.C. House Alcoholic Beverage Control Committee.

“If a taproom serves drinks but does not prepare food, then they should not be subjected to the same standards as a restaurant,” Hardister said in the news release.

He said it comes down to “promoting the free market and allowing business owners to do what is best for their customers.”

And their customers’ canine buddies.

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