« on: March 24, 2015, 09:27:02 AM »
Awww man.....thought I might be able to squeeze another deduction in there.
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I am sure if varies by state but here in CA the ABC is strictly a regulatory agency. They don't make laws...they enforce the laws. However the CA ABC has quite a reputation for trying to "make laws" based on how they choose to interpret the law. So it is not so cut and dry as far as needing to change a law. Really many, many times all we need is a more favorable ruling not a full blown law change. Of course it is doubtful the ABC will do that just because some homebrewers want a change. That is where the political pressure and media exposure help. But that DOES mean that someone has to challenge the ABC and not just roll over.I wouldn't be combative about it, but as a regulatory agency it's their job to tell people if what they want to do complies with law. It basically IS the conventional route.Absolutely take the high road. What I am saying is make the responsible agency cancel the homebrew comp via some sort of specific written documentation. That plays much better in the media than a bunch of homebrewers deciding not to have it. Besides do they "really" respect the law when it clearly says only "native grown products" can be used. That seems pretty cut and dry...only Idaho hops, barley, yeast and water can be used. Pretty ridiculous
I just don't see the point in going that far until he tries a more conventional route. You catch more flies with honey, ya know...
So I am probably in the minority here but.....what would happen if you went ahead with your competition plans as usual? Call their bluff if you will. Make them enforce their interpretation of the law and then use it for good PR....something like "Long standing Idaho State Fair tradition cancelled due to law interpretation". That will get many more people/politicians to take notice and you have a better shot at getting the law changed.
Because he respects the law and doesn't want to be a jerk? We didn't have to do anything here to get the law changed without a single negative vote anywhere in the process. Why not take the high road?
So I am probably in the minority here but.....what would happen if you went ahead with your competition plans as usual?
Maybe a nice criminal record for all involved...
15,000 BBL is a lot of beer to sell if you ask me.Thirsty...you are a pro brewer right? Love to hear your take on it! Why would the BA draft legislation that only cuts small brewers taxes in half when the competing legislation eliminates it completely? For a small brewery I can only imagine how huge that would be to not pay federal excise taxes.
Think about the incentives under the big beer plan -- no excise tax as long as you stay small and then bam!, hit with a huge tax burden as soon as you hit 15,001. Your incentive is to stay under that 15K. I'd prefer to be paying a small rate starting out, so I could go up to 60K and not worry about the increase in tax.