U.S. Senator tours Grand Rapids distillery; pushes excise tax reform

Posted at 3:06 PM, Sep 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-14 16:46:22-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Michigan is now third in the nation with 40 distillers statewide and U.S. Senator Gary Peters was in Grand Rapids Monday in an effort to further this small business growth.

Senator Peters visited Long Road Distillers on Leonard NE.  They've been open since June, have revitalized an empty building, employ 20 people and use all local ingredients.

Peters is supporting the "Distillery Excise Tax Reform Act" which would lower the federal excise tax from $13.50 per proof gallon to $2.70 on the first 100,000 gallons made per year.

Peters says that with pending applications, there could be soon 100 small craft distilleries in Michigan.

He is hopeful for a committee hearing on the bill this fall.