Three months after the Small Brewer Reinvestment and Expanding Workforce Act (Small BREW Act) was reintroduced in the House of Representatives as H.R. 494, the Brewers Association (BA) announced the Senate version of the Small BREW Act, S. 917, as reintroduced by Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Senator Susan Collins (R-Me.), on May 9, 2013. 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. The group is looking for passage in the Senate this session.
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