Local Breweries React to Small Brew Act
September 10, 2013
WATKINS GLEN -- (WENY) Doug Thayer has been brewing up creative and flavorful beers for nearly a decade. He started with a small microbrewery inside the Wildflower Cafe then expanded to Nickel's Barbeque in Watkins Glen.
But these breweries don't come cheap.
"At least probably a quarter million dollars of equipment back there. I have to make a lot of beer to pay for that," Doug Thayer, Owner of Roosterfish Brewery.
Senator Schumer's Small Brew Act could make things a little easier for brewers like Doug. Cutting the federal excise tax on small breweries by 50 percent. From $7.00 for the first 60,000 barrels they brew per year, to $3.50 per barrel.
"Anything that can help a small brewery I think is a big plus, especially the local economy," added Thayer.
Doug brews between a 1,000 and 1,500 gallons of beer a week. That's over $300 in tax. With Senator Schumers bill it will be cut that in half.
And just on the other side of the lake at Two Goats Brewery. Visitors are just as passionate for small breweries.
"We get a lot of individual tastes here, things you wouldn't experience in your mainstream bar culture," said Madeleine Bialke from Trumansberg.
For craft brewers and drinkers a like, they hope to keep those home brewed barrels full.
Thayer says, "I'm really having a lot of fun doing it. It's enjoyable and creative outlet and when you get all done it tastes good too."
Schumer says the bill has bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.