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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.

Massachusetts Franchise Bill Filed

Senate Docket 1434 seeks to allow small brewers (defined as under 6 million barrels) to terminate a distributor without cause and with less than the current 120-day notice (the notice provision is tiered based on …More

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Montana Taproom Hours Bill Stalls

Tabled in committee, House Bill 185 seeks to allow small brewery licensee on-site taprooms the ability to sell for an additional two hours until 10:00 p.m.

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Tax Reduction Proposed in Hawaii

House Bill 887 and companion S.B. 1006 repeal the definition of draft beer and apply the same tax rate (0.54 cents/per wine gallon) to all beer.

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Nebraska Alcohol Tax Increase Proposed

L.B. 314 and L.B. 497 propose to raise alcohol taxes, among others, to address the state’s property tax crisis. Under both bills, the gallonage tax on beer would increase to $1.38 from thirty-one cents.

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Dual Licensing Removed in Colorado

Signed by the Governor, Senate Bill 11 removes the dual licensing requirement for a person who manufacturers, sells at wholesale, or imports both fermented malt beverages and malt liquor.

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Production and Sales Changes Proposed in Hawaii

H.B. 546 and companion S.B. 773 would increase the annual production limit of small craft producer pub licensees to 125,000 barrels (from 60,000 barrels) and allow brewpub licensees and small craft producer pub licensees that …More

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Off-Premise Sales Bill Intro’d in Texas

Companion bills S.B. 312 and H.B. 672 provide for off-premise consumption sales for breweries with an annual production of 225,000 barrels or less.

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