Tax cuts for brewers

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Micro-breweries are becoming more and more popular all over the country and the latest tax bill could mean we will see even more of them.

The bill will lower federal excise tax for small breweries, dropping a barrel of beer from $7 to $3.50 a barrel.

Brewers at Laughing Sun say the tax cut would save them about $1,500 a year. "That's another piece of equipment, we can add another tank in there per year. Investing back in the business, investing back into our employees," said Mike Frohlich, Laughing Sun Head Brewer.

However, they say they have some mixed feelings about this tax cut.

"I don't want to see it go there if we're sacrificing education and things like that for us to make beer and do that,"​ said Frohlich.

Mike said that across the brewing industry, this cut would take around $680 million away from the federal government and back to craft brewers across the country.
According to the Brewers Association Craft brews make up about 12% of beer sales in the United States as of 2016.