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WASHINGTON–The Beer Institute—a national trade association representing brewers, beer importers, and industry suppliers—released the following statement on the groundbreaking of a $50 million expansion of the Tenth Street Brewery near downtown Milwaukee by MillerCoors, the U.S. division of Molson Coors Brewing Co.:

“We commend MillerCoors for their decision to further invest in America’s beer industry, which continues a proud tradition of making quality beer while supporting jobs and pouring money back into our nation’s economy,” said Jim McGreevy, President and CEO of the Beer Institute. “Beer has been generating jobs in America since colonial times, and MillerCoors’ groundbreaking today further builds on this commitment. America’s brewers and beer importers generate over 1.75 million American jobs and contribute nearly $253 billion to our nation’s economy. I hope Congress will look at this investment by the U.S. beer industry and vote to pass the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, bipartisan legislation that will provide $130 million in tax relief to brewers and beer importers of all sizes. If passed, we will see more announcements like the one today where brewers and beer importers are investing in their businesses and creating jobs while meeting the demand for our nation’s most popular alcohol beverage.”

The Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act was introduced in both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate in January and has garnered bipartisan support from 45 Senators and 187 Republican and Democratic House members.

Specifically, this legislation:

  • Reduces the federal excise tax to $3.50 per barrel on the first 60,000 barrels for domestic brewers producing fewer than 2 million barrels annually.
  • Reduces the federal excise tax to $16 per barrel on the first 6 million barrels for all other brewers and all beer importers.
  • Keeps the excise tax at the current $18 per barrel rate for barrelage over 6 million.