A piece of legislation from Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., would update the tax and regulatory hurdles faced by craft brewers. According to the Brewers Association, the legislation was first introduced in 2015 — and reintroduced in 2017 — and would “recalibrate federal excise taxes and streamline regulations on alcohol beverage producers.” In a statement, Blunt said he’s encouraged by the strong, bipartisan support this measure had in the previous Congress and looks forward to working with our colleagues to get it to the president’s desk.” Wyden added the bill would “level the playing field” and allow smaller makers of beer, wine, cider and spirits “to further grow and thrive.” In addition to Blunt and Wyden, 10 other senators have thrown their weight behind the bill including Senate Ag Committee leaders Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.

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