DES MOINES, Iowa — Running into a combination of bureaucratic inertia, big-money special interest influence and ignorant state legislators is enough to make anyone want a stiff drink.

Iowa’s micro-distillers must be sorely tempted to grab a bottle off their production lines as they push for minor changes in the state’s liquor laws, making it easier for them to market their products.

Iowa’s micro-distilleries, which the state defines as distilleries that produce “less than fifty thousand proof gallons of distilled spirits on an annual basis,” are much more heavily regulated than its breweries and wineries.