Blood Orange beer

State Sen. Carol Blood, right, hoists a glass of Blood Orange beer with Kim Kavulak, co-owner of Papillion’s Nebraska Brewing Company. The beer was named for Blood after she successfully prevented passage of a bill that would have significantly enhanced distribution costs for small craft brewers.

Bellevue’s junior state senator is the toast of Nebraska’s craft breweries after successfully amending a bill that would have significantly increased their operating costs.

State Sen. Carol Blood, who was elected to the Legislature last fall after serving eight years on the Bellevue City Council, has had two beers named after her as statements of appreciation.

The Nebraska Brewing Co., in Papillion and La Vista, and the Farnam House Brewing Co., on Farnam Street in Omaha, have both created a Blood Orange beer to mark the withdrawal of Legislative Bill 632, which would have required craft brewers to deposit supplies of their beers in a distributor’s warehouse prior to delivery to bars and other clients.

Brewers said that extra step would have been an undue burden on them.

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