It was my privilege to represent ADI at the recent Public Policy Conference hosted by the Distilled Spirits Council and the American Craft Spirits Association in Washington, D.C. Several dozen distillers joined the more than 100 delegates that walked the halls of Capitol Hill, visiting their elected representatives and thanking them for passing the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act of 2017.

Thanks to this bill, distillers are enjoying writing smaller monthly checks to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, but it is slated to expire on December 31, 2019. There is still a lot of work ahead to extend this provision.

ADI urges all members of the distilling community to do three things:

1)rite your senators and congressional representatives to thank them. Your tax bill just got reduced from $13.50 to $2.70 per proof gallon. Invite them to come visit your distilleries when they are on recess this summer. Show them how tax parity helps entrepreneurs and creates jobs in their district.

2)ave up your stories of the jobs you have created, the tasting room opened, the equipment purchased, the farm providing more raw material, the café next door that is now booming because of distillery tourism. You are in the best position to show the legislators the economic effects rippling out to your suppliers and community. And send those stories to us for publication at FET@distilling.com

3)lan now on attending next year’s fly-in to visit your representatives in their offices in a coordinated effort to show them the real effect of tax parity on entrepreneurs in their districts. Next year’s action could be critical because the tax bill is set to expire at the end of next year.

Do your part to get tax parity extended… or prepare to again write checks to the TTB that are five times their current size. Together, distillers in all 50 states can make small distillery tax relief permanent.



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Andrew Faulkner
Andrew Faulkner has been with Distiller magazine since its inception, rising from Photography Editor to Managing Editor. He has served many roles for the American Distilling Institute, from Curriculum Coordinator for Hands-on Distilling Workshops to helping plan the Annual Spirits Conference and Vendor Expo. Faulkner is the architect of the ADI’s International Judging of Craft Spirits and served five years as Vice President. He is the co-author, along with Bill Owens and Alan Dikty, of “The Art of Distilling Whiskey” (2019, Quarry Press), and has edited five distilling books for White Mule Press. In his free time, Faulkner enjoys playing chess with his son, dancing with his daughter, and laughing with his wife.