|ACT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY||2007-2008|
NO. 167. AN ACT RELATING TO RETAIL SALES AND TAXING OF SPECIALTY BEERS.
It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:
Sec. 1. 7 V.S.A. § 2(11), (14) and (20) are amended to read:
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beer” means a malt beverage that contains more than eight percent alcohol and
not more than 16 percent alcohol by volume at 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
“Malt beverages”: all fermented beverages of any name or description
manufactured for sale from malt, wholly or in part, or from any substitute
therefore, known as beer, porter, ale, and stout, containing not
less than one percent nor more than eight 16 percent of alcohol
by volume at 60 degrees fahrenheit Fahrenheit. However, if such
a beverage has an alcohol content of more than six percent and not more than
eight percent and has a terminal specific gravity of less than 1.009, it
shall be deemed to be a spirit and not a malt beverage. The holder of the
certificate of approval or the manufacturer shall certify to the liquor control
board the terminal specific gravity of the beverage when the alcohol content is
more than six percent and not more than eight percent.
(20) “Spirits”: beverages for sale
containing more than one percent of alcohol obtained by distillation, by
chemical synthesis, or through concentration by freezing; and vinous beverages
containing more than 16 percent of alcohol; and all vermouths of any alcohol
content; malt beverages containing more than
eight 16 percent of
alcohol or more than six percent of alcohol if the terminal specific gravity
thereof is less than 1.009; in each case measured by volume at 60 degrees fahrenheit
Sec. 2. 7 V.S.A. § 421(a) is amended to read:
§ 421. TAX ON MALT AND VINOUS BEVERAGES
(a) Every bottler and wholesaler
shall pay to the commissioner of taxes the sum of 26 and one-half cents per
gallon for every gallon or its equivalent of malt beverage containing not more
than six percent of alcohol by volume at 60 degrees fahrenheit sold by them to
retailers in the state and the sum of 55 cents per gallon for each gallon of
malt beverage containing more than six percent
and not more than eight
percent of alcohol by volume at 60 degrees fahrenheit and each gallon of vinous beverages sold by them to
retailers in the state and shall also pay to the liquor control board all fees
for bottler’s and wholesaler’s licenses.
Sec. 3. STUDY OF FLAVORED MALT BEVERAGES; DEPARTMENT OF
(a) The department of liquor control shall study and identify best practices for the marketing, sale, and taxation of malt-based beverages containing other ingredients such as flavored distilled spirits, and “alcohol energy drinks,” which are malt beverages containing other ingredients such as caffeine.
(b) The department shall complete the study and issue a written report of its findings, conclusions, and recommendations on or before January 15, 2009. The report shall be provided to the house committees on general, housing and military affairs, and on ways and means and the senate committees on economic development, housing and general affairs and on finance.
Approved: May 24, 2008
The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street