According to an article by Cullen Dirner on ABCNews.com, a proposed bipartisan bill could reduce excise taxes for brewers with less than 6 million barrels a year! This could cut the tax in half to $3.50 per barrel for the first 60,000 barrels that these small beer producers. The idea is to provide this extra revenue so the breweries can afford to hire additional staff. A Harvard study states that it could create nearly 3,000 jobs the first year alone, increasing by hundreds of jobs in subsequent years.
Yes, this is conjecture at this point - but so are all stimulus packages. This particular bill could have incredible results for our local Asheville and Western North Carolina breweries.
Keep an eye on this . . .