HR 494/S. 917 - Small BREW Act

113th Congress - (2013-2014)

Small brewer excise tax recalibration legislation, The Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act (Small BREW Act) HR 494/S. 917, was introduced in the 113th Congress by Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) and by Representatives Jim Gerlach (R-PA) and Richard E. Neal (D-MA) in the House.

Joining as original co-sponsors of the bill were Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), and House Representatives Peter De Fazio (D-OR), Erik Paulsen (R-MN), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Patrick McHenry (R-NC).

The Small BREW Act seeks to reduce the small brewer rate on the first 60,000 barrels by 50 percent (from $7.00 to $3.50/barrel) and institute a new rate $16.00 per barrel on beer production above 60,000 barrels up to 2 million barrels.  Breweries with an annual production of 6 million barrels or less would qualify for these tax rates.

Maryland should be proud of the leadership that both US Senators from our state are showing for American Craft Beer!

Language of the bill can be found here:
Library of Congress - Thomas - H.R. 494

Library of Congress - Thomas - S. 917

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