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Fair BEER Act Introduced in Congress: Seeks Broad Reform of Federal Beer Tax

WASHINGTON—The American beer industry welcomed bipartisan legislation recently introduced in the U.S. Congress to comprehensively reform the federal beer tax imposed on brewers and beer importers. The bill would reform a hidden tax that most beer drinkers don’t even know they pay and remove barriers to growth in the industry, encouraging capital and workforce investment through simple, fair and broad reform.

The bipartisan Fair Brewers Excise and Economic Relief Act of 2015 (Fair BEER Act) creates a graduated federal excise tax structure while maintaining a level playing field where all brewers and beer importers would pay a rising scale of federal excise tax based on their size and output.

By imposing this “laddered” approach to all brewers and beer importers, the legislation reforms the overall tax structure to provide the greatest relief to the very smallest brewers. More than 90 percent of permitted brewers produce 7,143 barrels orless and would see their excise tax rates reduced from $7/barrel to zero.

  • Who: Beer Institute President Jim McGreevy
  • What: Radio Interview Availability
  • When: February 10-13, 2015
  • Why: New Legislation Would Reform Federal Beer Tax
  • Details: To set up an interview with McGreevy,contact Tonya Allen at tallen@northbridgecomm.com or 202-740-1997.

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The Beer Institute is the national trade association for the American brewing industry, representing both large and small brewers, as well as importers and industry suppliers.


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