Small Brewers Discuss Craft Beer Tax at Expo
This week marks the 2nd Rochester Real Beer Expo where more than 40 different breweries are being showcased.
Saturday, the Business Association of the South Wedge and the Tap and Mallet organized the expo.
This event gives breweries the chance to highlight other beers people may not be familiar with.
Joe Mcbane, Rochester Real Beer Expo Organizer, said "One of the things that sets our event apart from others is, while you know a lot of the breweries, we make sure that the breweries that come here bring beer that you probably have not tasted before. So there will be a lot of new experiences and people from the breweries to answer the questions."
More events are scheduled for the remainder of the week.
Lawmakers last week reached an agreement that brewers believe will strengthen the states craft brewery industry.
Currently, small breweries are required to pay a 14-cent per gallon tax in addition to a label tax and small brewery owners say these taxes add up.
Dan Nothnagle, Owner of Three Heads Brewery said, "We calculate it to be about $1,500 dollars a month with what our last usage is. When you add that up with the label tax, it doesn't sound significant but when you're dealing with a few dollars here, a few dollars there it does add up."
Nothnagle is confident that the taxes will be repealed, while lawmakers say the legislation will help create new jobs.