Ben Cardin proposed a bill that would cut excise taxes for craft brewers, and change the classification of small breweries to include more operations. The Small BREW Act would cut per-barrel excise taxes on brewers’ first 60,000 barrels from $7 to $3.50. It would also allow raise the production threshold for a brewery to be considered “small” from 2 million to 6 million barrels.
Best of all, Cardin used Baltimore breweries like Heavy Seas, Raven Beer and Union Brewing as prime examples of businesses that would benefit. And, he brought a placard to show them off.
It all seems primed to go down easy, but Cardin has competition. According to The Hill, a separate group of 23 lawmakers is supporting the Fair BEER Act. The bill would eliminate all excise taxes for brewers who make less than 7,143 barrels. But it’s backed by a lobbying group that represents macrobreweries like Anheuser Busch InBev and MillerCoors, so something tells us it’s watered down.
The only logical solution is a beer summit.
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