If it\'s ROB Martin\'s carton, he\'s fine. The same is true for hats, shoes and hammers. If Martin did everything but beer, he would not be in his current position, his business was dominated by 200 State Councillors, and Provide funds and flexible shooting for opponents. But Martin is the winemaker, so when he doesn\'t put the hops and malt in a kettle, the owner of Ipswich\'s Mercury Brewing Company is in Biken Hill, treated like any other manufacturer in Massachusetts. That is to say, he wants to have ownership of the products he produces. This is a more daring request than it seems. Beer production has long been so tightly regulated that the law governing the beer industry seems to have forgotten at first that the beer industry is a business. Most beer manufacturers sell large quantities of beer barrels and boxes to wholesalers, where wholesalers store bars, restaurants and packaging stores. However, the relationship between the brewery and the distributor is not the same as the contract it maintains with maltster or the glass supplier. State laws lock brewers and wholesalers in a contractual marriage that is almost impossible to break. Even if the brewery is not satisfied with the performance of the wholesaler, it cannot terminate the distribution contract and abandon the wholesaler. It must go through a long and arduous legal process to find a reason to lift the relationship; Even if the winemaker wins the legal action, the break-up compensation must be paid for leaving. Martin can\'t move below. Sell beer to a wholesaler who sells beer more aggressively. His current wholesaler won\'t let him go. This beer is not even sold well, so it\'s not about making a lot of money. It\'s about power. Wholesalers have great power over small brewers. The way state laws are made, they don\'t have to give up any of them. There is no free market for beer. Since the 1970 s, the national alcohol distribution law has been introduced, when the score of the motherand- Popular dealers are worried that the sports meeting of a big beer winery between dealers will wipe them out, so they let state councillors treat them like the franchise partners of the brewery. The beer market has changed dramatically over the past 40 years. The number of small independent breweries has surged ( Massachusetts is home to 43) At the same time, the distribution of power is concentrated in the hands of cartels in a few areas. The distribution franchise law established to protect wholesalers from brewers has become a tool for some wholesalers to control the breweries they sign. Despite the boom in small independent breweries, almost 90% of brewery revenues come from a small number of multinational groups. Enterprise groups that have been frantically integrated over the past few years. Morson and Coors merged first, then the two merged with Miller. InBev bought Anheuser-Busch. The question is not whether the manufacturer Grupo Modelo of Corona will be acquired at what time. In this integration, Massachusetts\'s powerful beer wholesalers tried last year to further strengthen their strength by removing a loophole in the alcohol franchise law that allows brewers to change freely when they are sold at The Brewery Small brewers in the state have seen corodas, Heinekens, and AB- People from all over the world, asking for engraving- In the legislation exempting them. Wholesalers were hesitant, but their bill was not passed in the Senate until the end of last year\'s meeting. Now wholesalers, who dump $1. 4 million against their success The sales tax vote in November, which spent $250,000 lobbying the stalled franchise bill, now returns to Beacon Hill, pushing the bill that stalled in last July. However, small brewers in the state also have some of their own pending legislation. After being told they wouldn\'t carve On the pet bill for wholesal, they started asking why they needed to carve Out in the first place. So now they\'re asking the legislature to replace the entire small brewery. Wholesalers are forced to marry something close to the free market. Wholesalers and their lobbyists will retreat as they become fat and happy by controlling what they don\'t have. But whenever a group of rich businesses are so afraid of capitalism, serious problems arise. Paul McMorrow is a deputy editor of CommonWealth Magazine. His columns often appear around the world.