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Missouri Craft Distillers Look to Level Playing Field

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(St. Louis) Craft spirits contribute a large amount of revenue to the the Missouri economy, but the micro distilleries have larger hurdles to clear than their alcoholic counterparts. A new study, conducted by the University of Missouri, shows that distillers pay three times more in taxes and licensing fees than the beer or wine industry. They also pay $2/gallon in excise tax. Wineries pay $0.46/gallon and brewers pay $0.06. Lynn DeLean-Weber  with the Missouri Craft Distillers’ Guild explains how they are attempting to level the playing field.

The study found craft distillers brought in $567 million in gross sales to the state last year. The guild believes with the correct legislation in place Missouri could produce craft spirits the state can be proud of.

The guild created a fun activity for anyone who enjoys local, craft spirits. De-Lean-Weber explains how you can get have some weekend fun, explore Missouri and enjoy local craft spirits.

Over 35 distillers make up the guild from all across Missouri, and they have been hard at work, during this pandemic, crafting hand sanitizer for first responders. For more information about the guild or the expedition go to their website.

Full interview with Lynn DeLean-Weber:


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