Both bills reported from committee, House Bill 179 and Senate Bill 147 seek to increase alcohol excise tax rates. The tax on beer produced by microbrewers and sold in the state would remain at the current rate of eight cents/gallon on the first 30,000 barrels sold, but then increases through three different production levels to end at $3.08/gallon for those producing more than 200,000 barrels.
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