Today, anyone with the capacity to produce 120,000 litres can apply for a wholesale licence. This is still a lot, but there are short cuts. One brewer says the loose wording of the law means some have bought gigantic but shoddy old vats to make up the difference, and simply left them unused.
Translates to ~1,000 U.S. beer barrels. Less forgiving than Japan.
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