BEER Act Gaining Steam, Washington Senators On Board

Patty Murray has voiced her support for the BEER Act.

Last week, I discussed the federal BEER Act. Today, it looks a bit more promising for the tax cut legislation that would put millions back in brewery pockets.

A fairly wide-spreading marketing effort took over this past week. You can now see an out-pouring of support from Senators across all parts of the U.S. With each passing day, it appears more likely that this bi-partisan effort will pass through the Senate.

As of today, both Sen. Maria Cantwell and Sen. Patty Murray have stepped up to provide assurance that they will back the BEER Act.  In total, The Wall Street Journal counts 17 senators as co-sponsors. But, reports last week showed that there are closer to thirty that have expressed support for the bill.

If you want to learn more about the BEER Act, read our earlier post. In that post, you can find summary information, as well as links to the language, courtesy of the Brewers Association. The Act itself is incredibly brief.

We will continue to track progress of the bill, here at Brewery Law Blog.


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Federal BEER Act Garners Support From Washington Senator

Drop the taxes on your beer - support the BEER Act

Its official, a Washington Senator has signed on to support the federal BEER Act. Senator Maria Cantwell stepped up to provide support for our great state’s 140+ breweries. Will Patty Murray follow?

The Brewers Employment and Excise Relief Act (BEER Act) is a piece of federal legislation sponsored by Senators John Kerry (MA) and Mike Crapo (ID). In short, the legislation would provide immediate relief to brewers, by reducing the per barrel excise tax that beer producers pay to the federal government.

The specific amounts? A 50% reduction on the first 60,000 barrels produced by those brewers making no more than 2,000,000 barrels. After the initial 60,000 barrels, brewers would also benefit from a $2.00 reduction on all barrels up to 2,000,000.

Additionally, the bill would increase the number of brewers that can qualify for the lesser tax rate. The bill would raise the “small brewer” threshold from 2,000,000 barrels to 6,000,000. The 6,000,000 number was a recommendation from the Brewers Association, mostly as a result of the production of Boston Beer Co. (Sam Adams).


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