And Then There Was One – Tax Bill

After a ‘battle of the bills” between two competing beer tax bills in Congress, an Oregon Senator has stepped forward with a singular solution; a one-size-fits-all tax reduction bill for wine, spirits and beer. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced today the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (S. 1562) which aims to reduce excise… Read More…

Hard Fought Branch Bill Passes in KY

A Kentucky bill that will prevent breweries from holding distribution and retail licenses has passed the state legislature and the Governor has said in a statement yesterday that he will sign the bill. The bill has been closely watched by the beer industry as a potential “sign of the times.” This means that Anheuser-Busch will… Read More…

Sweeping Pro-Craft Bill Introduced in FL

A broad and sweeping bill has been filed by a Florida State Rep. Greg Steube (R-Bradenton) which would have a number of positive impacts on the states craft brewers. House Bill 107, in its current form, would address franchise agreements, allow 64 ounce growlers, allow a small amount of self-distribution and clarify brewery tasting room… Read More…

TTB Launches Online New Tutorial

The TTB has created a new online tutorial to help make using Permits Online a quicker and easier process. Permits Online is a free, secure electronic system that allows brewers to apply for the permits, notification, or notices needed to start any TTB regulated business, or amend your existing approvals. The new tutorial covers the… Read More…

The ABC’s of Marijuana and Beer

The annual National Conference for State Liquor Administrators was held last week in San Antonio, TX. This conference is attended by state alcohol beverage regulatory agencies and other liquor control departments along with many trade associations and stakeholders in the industry. One panel discussion addressed the regulation and enforcement of both medical and recreational marijuana…. Read More…

Huge Regulatory “Win” for Craft Brewers

In a big win for craft brewers, the U.S. Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has added over 30 new ingredients that will now be exempt from formula requirements.  A new list of fruits, spices and other ingredients commonly used by craft brewers will no longer require a formula submission as part of the application process… Read More…

FDA Backs Down on Spent Grain Rule

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is backing down from their proposed rule regarding the disposal of spent grain that ignited a huge response from brewers and triggered a ton of ink in the mainstream press. The FDA has indicated to numerous members of Congress that they will adjust the final proposal to take into… Read More…

New Co-chair of Senate Beer Caucus Announced

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has been named co-chair of the Senate Bipartisan Small Brewers Caucus, which includes 20 members of the Senate from 14 states. “With 161 brewing companies in Oregon employing 6,400 full and part-time employees, the small brewers are an important part of the Oregon economy,” Wyden said. “Leading this caucus with… Read More…

McClain to Leave BI

Joe McClain announced that he will be departing as president of the Beer Institute. McClain has been in the position since 2010 when he took over from the late Jeff Becker. No successor has been named as yet.

Michigan considers 16-ounce ‘pint-size’ law

A bill introduced last week would amend the Michigan Liquor Control Act to require each pint of beer have at least 16 ounces. It would make it an offense to “advertise or sell any glass of beer as a pint in this state unless that glass contains at least 16 ounces of beer.” Rep. Brandon… Read More…