Americans can crack open more beer options than ever before
Americans can crack open more beer options than ever before

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Americans can crack open more beer options than ever before

by Jim McGreevy

Americans are living in the Golden Age of Beer. Whether shopping for beer at your local supermarket, picking up a six-pack at your beer store, meeting up for friends at a neighborhood bar, or checking out a new local brewer, Americans have more choice in beer than ever before. And the growing options are not just anecdotal. In the last ten years alone, the number of breweries in the United States grew by nearly 400 percent.

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Conservative and liberals agree: Keeping excise tax rates low for brewers and beer importers makes sense

by Jim McGreevy

Cable news likes to tell us that America is polarized, divided into camps of Republicans versus Democrats. Pundits feed into a narrative that there is no issue that unites people of different political persuasions. However, when it comes to our nation’s beer industry, Democratic, Republican, and Independent voters as well as right- and left-leaning organizations, agree that policymakers should not raise taxes on our nation’s brewers and beer importers.

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Beer Cans and Chicken – More to it Than a Winning Recipe

by Mary Jane Saunders

Some people like to grill hamburgers and hot dogs on the Fourth of July, but I prefer the sublime method of indirect grilling that combines two American favorites, beer and chicken into, you guessed it – Beer Can Chicken. For beer can chicken you need about a five-pound whole chicken.  Whole chickens are mostly broilers.  In fact, most chicken in this country is broiler chicken.

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Time for some straight talk about tariffs

by Mary Jane Saunders

Senators often show up just to make an appearance, so I didn’t expect the late Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) to stay at the hearing in 2014 on the dense subject of bank ownership of commodities like aluminum. It was, however, Senator Carl Levin’s (D-Michigan) last hearing before retiring, and Senator Levin’s cross-examination skills immediately captivated Senator McCain.

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A duty-unpaid price for aluminum is commonsense, long overdue

by Jim McGreevy

Earlier today, S&P Platts announced it would publish a new series of implied duty-unpaid U.S. Midwest Aluminum price assessments beginning August 1. Although this decision could, in Platt’s words, provide “market participants with greater transparency of aluminum values in a tariff environment,” it does not address the fundamental flaws in how Platts assesses the Midwest Premium.  These flaws prompted a bipartisan coalition of members of Congress to request that the Department of Justice examine possible pricing irregularities of the Midwest Premium.

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A modest proposal for fairer aluminum prices

by Jim McGreevy

Last week the Beer Institute filed comments to S&P Global Platts with our recommendations to help ensure that the price of aluminum, and especially the Midwest Premium, represents market fundamentals. You can read the full comments HERE. The Midwest Premium, created by metal producers years ago, is supposed to cover the logistical costs of moving metal into and in North America – essentially a shipping and handling fee.

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Tariffs on aluminum are a tax on beer

by John Dunham

President Trump announced last Thursday that he plans to impose a 10% tariff on all aluminum imports and a 25% tariff on all steel imports.  This aluminum tariff will dramatically increase the manufacturing costs of American brewers and beer importers.

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K[no]w Barley, K[no]w Beer

by Susan Haney, Vice President of Operations

What is big sky country? This past August, I—along with my colleague Joe Heaton—the Beer Institute’s director of federal affairs–traveled to Sunburst, Montana to lend our hands as part of the annual barley harvest. If you’ve ever been to Montana, you know that the clear blue sky stretches along the horizon for miles. And at night, the sky turns into a blanket of twinkling stars.

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Tax relief for brewers and beer importers will provide solid economic benefits

by Michael Uhrich, Chief Economist

In order to provide comprehensive tax relief to America’s brewers and beer importers, Congress recently passed a temporary reduction in federal excise taxes on beer as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which President Trump signed into law in December 2017. This tax cut is good news for the beer industry as well as for the American economy because the new excise tax rates on beer may help make our industry stronger, more diverse, and more competitive.

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Cooking with beer

by Chef Laurent Aubel

Beer is not just America’s most popular alcohol beverage, but it is an excellent ingredient to use when cooking. From soups and stews to main dishes and desserts, beer adds flavor and depth to your favorite dishes. To help you prepare a dish to share with friends when getting together to watch a game, I am partnering with the Beer Institute to provide you with recipes that you can use for your upcoming occasions.

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