Amended in Senate committee after passing the full House, H.B. 2726 provides a reduced beer tax rate for qualified small brewers (70,000 barrels annual production or less) of 35 cents per wine gallon. The bill also seeks to amend the definition of “cooler beverage” to include spirits-based beverages, enabling a preferential tax rate so as to encourage local distilleries to produce ready-to-drink cocktails.
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