New Cider Laws (Maybe)

Currently there are two revisions, one Federal and one state, under consideration which would change the definition of hard cider (as well as the tax rate and required maker’s license) and hopefully make it easier to produce cider.

IRS SealAt the Federal level there’s H.R. 600: CIDER Act. While it seems to continue to refer to cider as a wine, it expands the definition of what hard cider is. Perhaps the most important change redefines cider as anything from 1% to 8.5% ABV. For comparison you can read the complete current law here.

Pennsylvania, my home state, introduced House Bill 483, which also expands the ABV range. Pennsylvania’s proposed ABV cap is 14%, but still allows cider to be taxed at the lower beer rate (I think. These things aren’t as clear one could wish).

Both pieces of legislation need to be vetted and voted on. Stay tuned.

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