Passing committee, House Bill 230 increase liquor excise tax rates (beer is increased from .41 cents/gallon to .25 cents per twelve ounce serving) and eliminate the rate differentials for microbrewers, small winegrowers and craft distillers. Companion S.B. 259 has been introduced in the Senate.
Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association (BA). He joined the BA at its inception in 2005, having previously worked as Programs Director for the Brewers Association of America. Before coming to the small brewing industry in 2001, Pete worked for 14 years with both state and federal elected officials in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.See Pete Johnson's Articles