Tennesee Governor Signs Law That Redefines High Alcohol Content Beer

Signed into law by the Governor, S.B. 289 redefines “high alcohol content beer” from one containing more than 5 percent alcohol by weight to one containing more than 8 percent by weight and adds a tax of $100 per annum upon each brand of beer with an alcoholic content greater than 5 percent by weight or each brand of high alcohol content beer sold in this state. Additionally, any entity that holds a license to manufacture high alcohol content will be authorized to sell on its premises beer or high alcohol content beer which has been brewed on such premises, for consumption on its premises without the requirement of an additional license.

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.

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