KOMBUCHA ACT – Join the Effort!
We are thrilled to announce that the KOMBUCHA Act, a bill that would raise allowable ABV for kombucha to 1.25%, has been introduced in Congress!
On Weds Feb 15th, H.R. 1089 was introduced by Reps. Jared Polis (D-CO), Scott Tipton (R-CO), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Greg Walden (R-OR) in the House. The companion Senate bill, S. 389, was introduced by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Cory Gardner (R-CO).
The Congress Members above, who sponsored this bill and are advocating for our industry, understand that kombucha brewers are being unintentionally subject to the federal excise tax imposed on beer due to an outdated tax code. The KOMBUCHA Act would modernize the tax code so that kombucha brewers can continue to produce the raw, naturally fermented beverages that our consumers love, without being subject to excise taxes or regulations intended for the alcoholic beverage industry.
This is an exciting time for our industry, but in order to get this bill passed, we need your support!
What you can do to help:
- Write an email to your Congress people (Senators and House Reps) asking them to co-sponsor the KOMBUCHA Act.
- Invite your Congressional representatives to tour your facility, so that they feel connected to you.
- Join us in DC on March 22 to hold in-person meetings and educate Congressional staffers about kombucha and our businesses.
We will provide template emails, your reps’ contact info, discounted hotel rates and logistics info for those wanting to come to DC, and anything more that makes your participation in this effort easier. Please reach out to Hannah or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or requests.