As reported from Senate committee, S.B. 5049 defines low-proof beverage to mean any beverage that is 16 ounces or less and contains more than 0.5 percent and less than 7 percent alcohol by volume, but does not include wine, malt beverages, or malt liquor. The bill also establishes a tax rate of $0.99 per gallon tax on the distribution and sale of low-proof 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