Not this article (which, we shall point out, is not written by a media reporter but by Brewers Association founder and homebrew author/guru Charlie Papazian, who obviously has his own agenda in mind and at work):
The small brewer tax rate was established in 1976 and has never been updated. Since then the annual production of America's largest brewery increased from about 45 million to 107 million barrels (300 million globally). The ceiling defining small breweries is 2 million barrels.Go to the article to review the pro-bill propaganda rehashed there.
H.R. 4278, a bill introduced in December 2009 by Democrat Representative Richie Neal (MA) and Republican Representative Kevin Brady (TX) would redefine the ceiling defining a small brewery and reduce the beer excise tax for small brewers from $7 to $3.50 on the first 60,000 barrels of beer production. It would also reduce the tax on beer production between 60,001 and 2 million barrels by $2, from $18 to $16. All brewers large or small would pay the full current rate of $18 on any beer produced over 2 million barrels in any given year.
Anyone taking bets on whether a pro-business, tax-reduction bill stands a chance in this current political climate and Congress?