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HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire restaurateur says he was forced to close his brewery because of a Prohibition-era federal law preventing business owners from operating breweries.

Shane Pine, owner of the Community Oven in Hampton, closed Four Pines Brewing Company Monday. The Portsmouth Herald reports a federal law prevents him from operating both except under certain exemptions.

Pine said he was allowed to open Four Pines in July 2016 as part of the Community Oven by acquiring a brewpub license for both the restaurant and brewery. After attempting to open another restaurant, the state told Pine it would violate federal law to open another restaurant and keep the brewery.

Pine says he chose to stick with his new restaurant because he considers himself a restaurateur first, brewer second.


Information from: Portsmouth Herald,