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Blumenthal Supports Lower Beer Brewery Tax

If the bill passes in Washington D.C. then excises taxes will drop in half for small breweries.

Blumenthal Supports Lower Beer Brewery Tax


Small beer brewers throughout the state pay a $7 excise tax just for the privilege of hopefully being able to sell the beer. U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal supports legislation that would drop the tax to $3.50 for the first 60,000 barrels brewed.


The aptly named Brewer's Employment and Excise Tax Relief (BEER) Act was introduced by Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass) in March 2011 but still has not been voted on.

Blumenthal believes that the two-page bill would help Connecticut’s craft beer industry thrive.

"The future of Connecticut is about growing small businesses like the Thomas Hooker Brewing Company that make a Connecticut product and hire Connecticut workers,” said Blumenthal in a statement. “The proposal gives Connecticut's exploding craft beer industry a leg up by cutting in half a painful and outdated tax, bringing economic activity and new visitors to the state."

The bill would also benefit larger breweries by lowering the excise tax from $18 to $16 on barrels beyond the first 60,000.

Blumenthal toured the Thomas Hooker Brewing Company in Bloomfield, Conn. 

Curt Cameron, President of Thomas Hooker Brewing Company, the bill would save the brewery approximately $40,000-$50,000 per year in federal excise taxes.

“Most small breweries pay this tax quarterly and I can tell you it can certainly be a painful tax to pay at the end of the quarter," Cameron said in a statement.

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