S.B. 639 provides a definition of hard seltzer to mean any beverage containing more than one-half of one percent (0.50%) of alcohol by volume and obtained by the alcoholic fermentation of grain or sugar and combined with carbonated water and other flavoring and labeled as a “malt beverage” by the United States Department of Treasury Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau or as beer by the Food and Drug Administration. For the purposes of taxation, distribution, sales, and regulation, hard seltzer shall mean the same as beer as provided in this section; provided, that hard seltzer shall not include carbonated beverages mixed with wine and spirits.
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