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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.

Beer Tax Rate Change Advances in Hawaii

Passing their respective chambers, 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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Alaska Looks at Comprehensive Alc law Review

S.B. 52 seeks to reorganize the statutes governing alcohol regulation to clearly define the rights and obligations of licensees, restructure penalties for offenses, and organize the statutes in a logical, common-sense manner. New statutory …More

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HI House Passes Small Brewery Amendments

Passing the House, H.B. 546 would permit a small craft producer pub licensee to manufacture not more than 125,000 barrels of malt beverages on the licensee’s premises per year, allows brewpub licensees and small craft …More

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CA Beer Definition Bill Amended

Amended and re-referred to committee, A.B. 205 seeks to revise the definition of beer to also provide that beer that includes honey, fruit, fruit juice, fruit concentrate, herbs, spices, or other food materials, as …More

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.05 BAC Intro’d in California

A.B. 1713 seeks to prohibit a person from driving a motor vehicle when the person has 0.05 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in their blood.

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CA Draft Beer Badging Exemption Sought

Assembly Bill 609 seeks to exempt licensed premises operated by beer manufacturers from the current requirement that any on-sale retail licensee that gives, sells, or otherwise dispenses draught beer include specified information regarding the beer …More

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Water Regs Considered in CA

Senate Bill 166 would require the State Water Resources Control Board to adopt regulations for microbiological, chemical, and physical water quality and treatment requirements for the onsite treatment and reuse of process water in breweries …More

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CT On-Site Sales Restriction Stalls

Stalling in committee, Senate Bill 742 sought to require breweries to offer their products for on-premise sale and consumption or for on-premise sale for off-premise consumption, but not both.

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