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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.

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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NC Self-Distribution and Franchise Addressed

Receiving favorable consideration in the House, H.B. 383 would allow brewery permittees that sell fewer than 100,000 barrels of malt beverages produced by the brewery each year to self-distribute up to 50,000 barrels of malt …More

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OK Charitable Collab Bill Amended

Passing House committee with amendments, S.B. 936 creates a Charitable Collaboration Brewer License. The license authorizes a licensee to sell beer to beer distributers, qualified persons out of the state, serve limited and free samples …More

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ABV LegislationSigned by Utah Governor

Signed by the Governor, S.B. 132 changes the definition of beer to increase the ABW from 3.2% to 4.0% (4% ABV to 5% ABV) and increases the barrel tax .30 cents to $13.10/barrel.

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Missour Retail Cooler Lease Extension Advances

Advancing in the House following Senate passage, 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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