Archive for March, 2010

Call to Action: Support Small Breweries (HR 2178)

Posted in Bar/Beer Talk on March 26, 2010 by RattleNHumBar

Call to Action: Support Small Breweries (HR 4278)

Last December, Representatives Richie Neal (D-MA) and Kevin Brady (R-TX) co-sponsored a bill “to amend the Internal Revenue code of 1986 to provide a reduced rate of excise tax on beer produced domestically by certain small producers.”

Representatives Neal and Brady, and, as of this writing, 31 other representatives, want to help out small brewers. First, let’s talk about what “small” means, then we’ll get into how this help will occur.

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) considers a small brewery to be one producing less than 2,000,000 barrels (bbl) of beer annually. FYI, that’s a lot of beer. If a brewery with a 50 bbl system – like Great Divide, for example – were to brew 3 batches a day, 365 days a year, that would be 164,250 barrels a year. And they don’t do that. The can’t without a lot more fermentation tanks. Boston Beer Co. (aka Sam Adams) recently passed the 2,000,000 barrels a year mark.

Just for overall reference, here are the estimated production levels of some breweries. These numbers either come from the brewery themselves or Wikipedia (I know, I know..), and the data ranges from 2007 through 2009. It’s just to give you a general idea of where these breweries stand.

The point being small is relative. Many of the big craft brewers just barely break the 60,000 bbl annual production mark. My example, Great Divide, isn’t even close to that line, and they make a lot of beer.

Moving on.

Currently, breweries pay $7/bbl for the first 60,000 bbls, and $18/bbl for any additional barrels, up to 2,000,000 bbls. This reduced rate for under 60,000 bbls came into being in 1976, under H.R. 3605. (Check out the Brewers Association’shistorical memo when this passed.) Up to that point, there was a flat rate tax of $9/bbl for every barrel, as long as the brewery produced under 2,000,000 bbls annually. H.R. 3605 created a reduced rate of $7/bbl for the first 60,000 bbls, which is still in place today. Obviously, the second tier of the tax has increased since then.

H.R. 4278 would cut the excise tax for the first 60,000 bbls in half, saving brewers $3.50 a barrel. It would also lower the second step from $18 to $16.

For a brewery producing exactly 60,000 bbls annually, this bill would save them $210,000. If Great Divide produced the exact same amount under the bill, they would save $42,245. Consider that a new 50bbl fermenting vessel is about $25,000 after shipping, installation, all the other stuff that goes with it, etc. Figure that a full time employee making $15/hr would receive about $30,000 annually in wages. I realize I’m using pretty simple math here, and not taking into account taxes and other fees on equipment and employees. However, it’s easy to see how this tax cut will make up for itself pretty quickly.

More jobs AND more beer. Cheers!


Ballast Point rocks the taps at Rattle ‘N’ Hum 4/20/10

Posted in Beer Events on March 25, 2010 by RattleNHumBar

Rattle ‘N’ Hum are proud to welcome the guys from Ballast Point and all 21 of their beers!

The greatest beer list I have ever seen from Ballast Point :

The beers:

Big Eye IPA



Black Marlin

Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Marlin



Tongue Buckler

Victory At Sea

Three Sheets Barleywine


Barmy Ale

Sextant Stout

Abandon Ship

Sea Monster Stout

Ginger Big Eye

Cocao Nib Porter

Piper Down

Even Keel

Black Current Stout

Founder’s have finally f’n arrived at Rattle ‘N’ Hum 3/26/10

Posted in Beer Events on March 23, 2010 by RattleNHumBar

Well it’s about fucking time, one of the best breweries in the US of A has finally arrived in NYC and will be pouring at Rattle ‘N’ Hum bar on Friday night….HOPEFULLY!!

The beers:

Centennial IPA

Pale Ale


Dirty Bastard

Double Trouble

and bottles of Breakfast stout tba

St.Patrick’s Day at Rattle ‘N’ Hum 3/17

Posted in Beer Events on March 17, 2010 by RattleNHumBar

Featuring Irish craft beer and Irish-American style Craft beer all week!
Irish dishes, shots of Irish whiskey and pints of O’Hara’s Irish Stout!!
Come celebrate before and after the parade , with bag-pipers, drink specials, Corned Beef ‘N’ Cabbage and all the O’Hara’s Irish Stout and Jameson you can imagine.
Irish Style Beers:
Rogue ‘Kells lager’
Doc’s ‘Green Apple Cider’
O’Hara’s Irish Stout
O’Hara’s Irish Red
Moylan’s Dragoon Irish Stout
Victory ‘Donnybrook Stout’
Moylan’s ’Danny’s Irish Red’
Thomas Hooker ‘Irish Red’

Bear Republic IPA Night 4/2/10

Posted in Beer Events on March 10, 2010 by RattleNHumBar

IPA Madness with Bear Republic
Racer x
Racer 5
Crazy Ivan
Five Zero
Hop rod

Cask: Racer X & Racer 5

Rattle ‘N’ Hum welcomes Nebraska brewing Company to NYC 3/26/10

Posted in Beer Events on March 9, 2010 by RattleNHumBar

First time in NYC and a first at Rattle ‘N’ Hum!
The beers and brewmaster will be in for this one!
The Beers:
EOS Hefeweizen
Infinite Wit
Cardinal Pale Ale
Brunette Brown
Hop God
Oaked Hop God

Green Flash Brewing unload everything at RNH 3/30

Posted in Beer Events on March 4, 2010 by RattleNHumBar

Check this amazing list of brew’s from an amazing brewery, this list is surely the biggest list that has ever hit the NYC streets from Green Flash!

Belgian Brown
Coffee Stout
Palate Wrecker
7th Anniversary Red Rye
Le Freak
Double Stout
Imperial IPA
Hop Head Red
West Coast IPA
Grand Cru