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.
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