Articles Tagged with 'Government Affairs'

Massachusetts Franchise Law Reform Among New Guild President’s Priorities in 2020

Massachusetts Franchise Law Reform Among New Guild President’s Priorities in 2020

Newly named Massachusetts Brewers Guild’s president Sam Hendler wants to finally resolve the contentious franchise reform debate with the state’s wholesalers. Hendler, a co-founder and co-owner of Framingham, Massachusetts-based craft breweries Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers and the Springdale Beer Company, acknowledged that the franchise law reform effort has been dragging on long before he was of legal drinking age. “I was a high school senior when it started,” he told Brewbound.

Michigan Bill Would Grant Self-Distribution Rights to More Small Breweries

Michigan Bill Would Grant Self-Distribution Rights to More Small Breweries

A bill introduced in the Michigan Legislature earlier this month would allow breweries producing up to 2,000 barrels annually to self-distribute their products in the state. Currently, Michigan breweries producing up to 1,000 barrels can self-distribute. According to national trade group the Brewers Association, the majority of Michgian’s craft breweries produced fewer than 1,400 barrels in 2018, the last year in which data was available.

President Trump Signs 1-Year Excise Tax Relief Extension into Law

President Trump Signs 1-Year Excise Tax Relief Extension into Law

Federal excise tax (FET) relief for makers of beer, wine and spirits is locked in place through the end of 2020. President Donald Trump today signed into law a tax extender package that includes the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA), which passed both chambers of Congress this week.

Poll: Two-Thirds of Voters Support Extending Excise Tax Relief for Brewers

Poll: Two-Thirds of Voters Support Extending Excise Tax Relief for Brewers

A survey commissioned by the Beer Institute (BI), a national trade group advocating for the U.S. brewing industry, found that 68% of respondents were in favor of extending the federal excise tax relief that was put in place in 2017, but slated to expire at the end of the year. Quadrant Strategies conducted the survey of 1,000 legal drinking age adults for the BI earlier this month.

Aluminum Can Producers Warn of Price Increases, as President Trump Threatens to Increase Tariffs on Chinese Imports

Aluminum Can Producers Warn of Price Increases, as President Trump Threatens to Increase Tariffs on Chinese Imports

Barring a resolution before next week, President Donald Trump’s escalating trade war with China — and increased tariffs on aluminum can sheet — threatens to further impact U.S. beer companies’ bottom lines. On Friday, Trump announced via Twitter plans to increase tariffs on $550 billion of imported Chinese goods over the next two months in retaliation for China saying it would impose $75 billion in tariffs on goods imported from America beginning October 1. And aluminum can producers are bracing for the higher aluminum costs and passing them onto their customers.

US Senate Task Force Supports Permanent Excise Tax Relief for Brewers

US Senate Task Force Supports Permanent Excise Tax Relief for Brewers

The beer industry’s efforts to make federal excise tax relief for brewers permanent received a boost Tuesday when members of a bipartisan congressional task force expressed support for the cause. U.S. Senate Finance Committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and ranking member Ron Wyden (D-OR) released a report from the Individual, Excise, and Other Temporary Tax Policy Task Force, which called for the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA) to be permanently enacted.

Last Call: Tax Cuts for Brewers Passes House Committee; May US Beer Shipments Decline

Last Call: Tax Cuts for Brewers Passes House Committee; May US Beer Shipments Decline

In this week’s Last Call: The House Ways and Means Committee passed a one-year extension of the federal excise tax relief for alcohol producers and importers. Also, U.S. beer shipments declined in May, Deschutes begins selling canned drinking water, Bell’s Two Hearted tops the AHA’s best list, and more news briefs.