Passing initial committee consideration, H.B. 1686 increases the excise tax rate on alcoholic beverages and exempts them from sales tax. The excise tax on each barrel of beer would increase from $12.50 to $45.00.
Pete Johnson serves as the State & Regulatory Affairs Manager for the Brewers Association. 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.