Seemingly stalled in committee, companion bills S.B. 5375 and H.B. 1344 provide a definition of “low-proof beverage” to mean any beverage that is 16 ounces or less and that contains more than 0.5 percent alcohol by volume and less than seven percent alcohol by volume, but does not include wine, malt beverages, or malt liquor. Additionally, the bill imposes a $2.50/gallon tax on such beverages.
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