DE Gov Signs Malt Substitute Legislation

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Signed by the Governor, House Bill 46 allows Delaware brewery-pub and microbrewery license holders to brew, bottle and sell hard seltzers and other fermented beverages made from malt substitutes and includes specific tax on fermented beverages. The language of the Act also mirrors the federal definition of a malt-substitute product. Defines fermented beverage as any product similar to beer, including sake and seltzer, containing one-half of one percent or more of alcohol by volume, brewed from substitutes for malt, including rice, grain, bran, glucose, sugar, and molasses. The tax on fermented beverages is equalized to that for beer at $8.15/barrel.