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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.

DOJ Clarifies ABI-SABMiller Proposed Final Judgment

Since the October 2016 Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI) acquisition of SABMiller, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has been working with ABI on approval of the Proposed Final Judgment (PFJ) and has now clarified the “best efforts” …More

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MD Sales Limitation Proposal Fails to Advance

Withdrawn from consideration, H.B. 1052 sought, among a variety of provisions, to reduce the number of barrels a Class 5 brewery could sell for on-site consumption from 2,000 to 500 (although this restriction would not …More

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Texas Craft Brewer Challenge Denied

A federal district court in Texas issued an opinion in Deep Ellum Brewing, LLC, et al. v. Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, upholding Texas’ prohibition on sales of beer by brewers to consumers for off-premises consumption.

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Maryland Beer Promotion Passes Senate

Passing the Senate, S.B. 956 establishes the Maryland Beer and Brewery Promotion Program and Fund to provide grants to eligible applicants designed to promote Maryland beer, assist Maryland breweries, and educate the public about brewing …More

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Senator Blumenthal Stops by Thomas Hooker Brewing Co.

As Federal Affairs Manager Katie Marisic recently reported, U.S. legislators are stopping by local breweries to show their support. The visits continued last week with Sen. Blumenthal’s trip to Thomas Hooker Brewing Company in Connecticut. Curt …More

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New Excise Tax Reporting Guidance: TTB Form 5000.24

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

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RI Brewpub Distribution Bill Stalls

Stalled in committee, H.B. 7364 would authorize brewpub manufacturer’s licensees to sell at retail to certain holders of wholesale licenses at the licensed place by the manufacturer of the product of his or her licensed …More

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