S. 807, the Fair Brewers Excise and Economic Relief Act (BEER Act), was introduced on March 19, joining its House companion H.R. 767. The legislation seeks to impose a graduated federal excise tax on all brewers (no qualifying production threshold and including multi-national companies) and beer importers with the following structure: no excise tax on the first 7,143 barrels; $3.50/barrel on barrels 7,144-60,000; $16/barrel on barrels 60,001-2 million; and $18/barrel on every barrel above 2 million. The Brewers Association issued a statement concerning this legislation at the time of the House bill introduction.
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