Arkansas Brewery Shares Use of FET Savings with Representative

From left: Andy Coates, founder and head brewer of Ozark Beer Company, with Rep. Steve Womack (AR-3), and Ozark Beer Co.'s founder Jefferson Ford Baldwin and marketing director Marty Shutter

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Representative Steve Womack (AR-3) and his staff visited Ozark Beer Company in Rogers, Arkansas for a tour of the facilities and to meet with the owners and employees. During the tour, Congressman Womack learned about the brewery’s production process, it’s history and growth since the brewery opened in 2013, and how Ozark Beer Company is using the money that they saved from to the two-year provision of the federal excise tax (FET) recalibration, as well as how they will be impacted if it isn’t extended or made permanent.

Representative Womack is a co-sponsor of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (H.R. 1175/S. 362) which would make the current FET rates permanent.

All federal elected officials are back in their home states and districts for the month of August. It is the perfect time to invite them to tour their local breweries, and for small and independent brewers to share how they have been using the money saved thanks to the FET recalibration.

Andy Coates of Ozark Beer Company shares impact of FET recalibration with Congressman Steve Womack

There are only a few months left before the recalibrated rates sunset on December 31, 2019, and federal legislators need to hear how it will impact breweries across the country if the language isn’t extended or made permanent.

If you have a Representative or Senator visiting your brewery this August, please let Brewers Association federal affairs manager Katie Marisic know.