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Chesbro has another beer-related bill that focuses not on the brew but on the kegs.

Full-size metal beer kegs cost brewers about $80 to $120 — a reduced price that reflects purchases in bulk. But the kegs are enticing to thieves, who take the kegs and sell them for scrap for about $40 to $60. In larger breweries, keg loss can amount to 2 percent of the total, and some breweries lease kegs rather than buy them outright.

Chesbro's AB 2203 would outlaw the removal of the manufacturer's name and other identifying marks from the keg, making it harder to sell the kegs to scrap dealers who by law can only buy kegs that are clearly marked with ownership.

"It is widespread and it is a big problem," McCormick said. "It's a tough number to write off."