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Kentucky Legalizes Self-Distribution, Reforms Franchise Law for Small Breweries

Kentucky Legalizes Self-Distribution, Reforms Franchise Law for Small Breweries

Some Kentucky craft brewers will soon be able to distribute their own products and terminate wholesaler contracts more easily after Gov. Andy Beshear signed Senate Bill 15 into law on March 18. The new law will allow breweries producing fewer than 50,000 barrels of beer annually to self-distribute up to 2,500 barrels per year.

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.

Massachusetts Franchise Law Reform A Signature Away

Massachusetts Franchise Law Reform A Signature Away

In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, Massachusetts lawmakers finally passed franchise law reform legislation. If signed by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, the measure would put to rest a long-simmering debate between the Bay State’s craft brewers and their wholesaler partners.

Excise Tax Relief Made Permanent After President Trump Signs Relief Package

Excise Tax Relief Made Permanent After President Trump Signs Relief Package

Federal excise tax cuts for brewers and importers have finally been made permanent. After nearly a week of uncertainty, President Donald Trump on Sunday signed into law the $900 billion economic relief package and $1.4 trillion government funding bill Congress passed last week.

Colorado Elects John Hickenlooper to US Senate; Recreational Cannabis Legalized in 4 States

Colorado Elects John Hickenlooper to US Senate; Recreational Cannabis Legalized in 4 States

John Hickenlooper — a Democrat, former Colorado governor and co-founder of Denver-based Wynkoop Brewing — will become the first craft brewer to win a seat in the U.S. Senate after defeating incumbent Sen. Cory Gardner (R.-Colo.) on Tuesday. “Clearly people are saying it’s time to turn the page, it’s time for a different approach,” Hickenlooper… Read more »

Last Call: Some Florida Bars to Reopen at Half Capacity Monday; Union Craft Takes Action on Harassment Claims

Last Call: Some Florida Bars to Reopen at Half Capacity Monday; Union Craft Takes Action on Harassment Claims

Some Florida bars and breweries that don’t serve food will be able to reopen for service at 50% capacity on Monday. Halsey Beshears, Florida’s secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, tweeted Thursday evening that Gov. Ron DeSantis had rescinded the executive order that forced them to close in June.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf Calls for Cannabis Legalization and State Alcohol Tax Relief

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf Calls for Cannabis Legalization and State Alcohol Tax Relief

In his fall legislative agenda, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf urged the state Legislature to legalize recreational marijuana and use proceeds from its sale to support business grants and restorative justice programs, as well as pass a six-month reduction or cancellation of the state’s alcohol tax on the hospitality industry.

President Trump Ends Tariff Exemption on Canadian Aluminum

President Trump Ends Tariff Exemption on Canadian Aluminum

With the nation’s can supply tightening, President Donald Trump yesterday announced the reimposition of a 10% tariff on Canadian aluminum, claiming that America’s neighbor to the north was flooding the market.