John Kerry Proposes Bill to Benefit Small Breweries

13 Mar

Seven years ago, I stood in line to cast by ballot for a man who would inevitably come to lose the election to another man of goldfish-like intelligence with the speaking capacity of a stroke patient on a drinking binge.

When I voted for John Kerry that day, I didn’t think 7 years later I would be writing a blog post about the wonders he does for the beer industry, but here I am – beer blogger, and here he is – cool political guy that is helping out small craft breweries compete with the big guys.

The Brewer’s Employment and Excise Relief (BEER) Act was introduced to congress by Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts and Senator Mike Crapo of Idaho, earlier this week. Because it is beer, the ultimate unifying beverage of choice and, lets face it, most politicians love the sauce, democrats and republicans joined together in support of the bill. Eight republicans and nine democrats jumped on as co-sponsors.

Kerry wrote the bill to lower taxes for small breweries to help them compete with big multi-national companies. This bill would cut the $7 fee brewers pay per barrel to $3.50 (for the first 60,000 barrels produced each year.) Each barrel after the 60,000 would be charged $16 instead of $18.

Since craft beer is a relatively new phenomenon in America, this would be a great advantage to the smaller breweries that keep us supplied with the delicious beer we have come to know and love.

Check out the full article on the CNN Money website.

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3 Responses to “John Kerry Proposes Bill to Benefit Small Breweries”

  1. love it! March 13, 2011 at 2:09 am #

    great blog!

  2. Lee March 13, 2011 at 2:38 am #

    Whenever I go to Beerforgirls.com, I know it’s going to be a good read. Well done on all of your articles and keep up the good work!

    • beerforgirls March 13, 2011 at 5:54 am #

      Thanks for the love guys! Glad you like my stuff!

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