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On December 20, 2017, Congress passed H.R. 1, the Tax Cut and Jobs Act. Learn more about how this bill could affect your brewery.

Changes to TX Brewer Permit Abilities Approved

Signed by the Governor, S.B. 928 amends the Alcoholic Beverage Code to authorize a brewer’s permit holder to import ale and malt liquor for manufacturing purposes from a nonresident brewer’s permit holder and to mix …More

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New TTB Guidance on Reduced Excise Tax Rates

The Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has posted further information of interest to brewers as part of the continuing effort to provide guidance concerning reduced excise tax rates. The new information concerns how the rates …More

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Excise Tax Increase Fails in ME

Failing to advance from committee, House Bill 793, sought for the purpose of reducing the incidence of domestic violence and suicides, to increase the excise taxes imposed on spirits, malt liquor, fortified wines and hard …More

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Promotional Info Posting OK’d in Washington

Signed into law, S.B. 5394 authorizes liquor manufacturers, distributors, and their licensed representatives to post and share on their websites and social media accounts, promotional information and images, related to certain events at on-premises liquor …More

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Brewery Modernization Bill Signed by MD Governor

Signed into law, H.B. 1010, the Brewery Modernization Act of 2019, contains a host of provisions enhancing the retail, production and distribution abilities for several classes of breweries.

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No Cause Termination Becomes Law in Maryland

Becoming law with the Governor’s signature, House Bill 1080 reduces, from 180 days to 45 days, the number of days that a brewery must wait after notifying a distributor of its intent to terminate or …More

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Minimum Production Bill Passes CA Senate

Passing the Senate, Senate Bill 21 seeks to lower the required minimum brewing production of a brewpub-restaurant licensee from 200 barrels per year to 100 barrels per year.

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Retail Cooler Lease Extension Passes Missouri House

Passed by both chambers of the legislature, Senate Bill 197 would extend the expiration of the statutory language giving brewers the ability to lease to retailers portable refrigeration units to January 1, 2026.

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