Stronger beer bill passes the Senate

Beer lovers are cheering passage of bill that will allow stronger beer to be sold in stores across Vermont. The specialty beers, with an alcohol contest of more than 8 percent, are now only available in liquor stores. The bill, which was passed by the Vermont House last year and the Senate this week, would allow the beer to be sold at grocery and convenience stores statewide.

Getting By: Steve Leonard

It’s been pointed out that the definition of a living wage can vary, depending on each worker’s needs and hopes and circumstances. As part of our series on getting by, VPR’s Nina Keck spoke with Steve Leonard. He’s a 24-year-old bottle sorter at the Beer King in Rutland, and he says he’s satisfied – at least for now – with the work and the compensation.