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Press Clips: Oregon Bill Would Make State Excise Tax Highest in US; Perishable Tax Credit In Senate Bill

Press Clips: Oregon Bill Would Make State Excise Tax Highest in US; Perishable Tax Credit In Senate Bill

Oregon lawmakers are considering a tax hike on alcoholic beverages that would increase taxes on malt beverages by $70 per barrel. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Rescue Plan, a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill in the early hours of Saturday, February 27. The bill includes a $25 billion fund for grants for bars, restaurants and breweries.

Restaurants Act Introduced in Congress; Breweries Would Be Eligible for Grants

Restaurants Act Introduced in Congress; Breweries Would Be Eligible for Grants

A new version of the Restaurants Act, which would provide $120 billion in grants to bars and restaurants, was introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on February 4. The bill now includes “brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms, and licensed facilities or premises of a beverage alcohol producer where the public may taste, sample, or purchase products,” the Brewers Association said.

Large Beer Manufacturers, Trade Groups Review Campaign Spending Following Attack on Congress

Large Beer Manufacturers, Trade Groups Review Campaign Spending Following Attack on Congress

Corporate America is reassessing its campaign spending in the wake of a rally-turned-riot at the U.S. Capitol last week by supporters of President Donald Trump that left five people — including a Capitol police officer — dead. Within the beer industry, the two largest beer manufacturers in the U.S. told Brewbound that they will review their spending.

President Trump Criticizes Relief Package; Permanent Excise Tax Relief in Limbo

President Trump Criticizes Relief Package; Permanent Excise Tax Relief in Limbo

Permanent excise tax cuts for brewers and importers was just a signature away. However, getting pen to paper on the $900 billion economic relief package and a $1.4 trillion government funding bill passed by Congress is now in question after President Donald Trump unexpectedly pushed back against the measures.

US Senate, House Pass $900 Billion Relief Package, Including Excise Tax Reform, Additional PPP Funding

US Senate, House Pass $900 Billion Relief Package, Including Excise Tax Reform, Additional PPP Funding

A permanent reduction in the federal excise tax for alcohol producers and importers is a signature away. The U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate have both signed off on the $900 billion economic relief package, which includes language from the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA), as well as additional Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funding for small businesses, among other measures.

Pennsylvania Bans On-Premise Alcohol Sales on Thanksgiving Eve

Pennsylvania Bans On-Premise Alcohol Sales on Thanksgiving Eve

Pennsylvanians looking to reunite with former classmates at their hometown bars on the night before Thanksgiving will have to do so over Zoom, as the commonwealth has banned on-premise alcohol sales from 5 p.m. on Wednesday until 8 a.m. on Thursday. The ban applies to “bars, restaurants, and private catered events,” according to a press release. It intends to keep large groups of people from gathering.