What We’re Reading and Listening to –

WGN Radio interviews Goose Island Research & Development Manager Mike Siegel about the launch of Bourbon County Stout.  You can hear the 22 minute audio here.

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F.Y.I. —

Plant Respiration a Big Impact on Climate Change

Plant respiration is a larger source of carbon emissions than previously thought, new research suggests.  As the world warms, this may reduce the ability of Earth’s land surface to absorb emissions due to fossil fuel burning. Continue reading

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Senate Finance Panel OKs Tax Reform, Includes FET Cuts

Late last night, the Senate Finance Committee passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which includes significant reductions in the federal excise tax on beer, wine and spirits for two years. Continue reading

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House Passes Tax Plan, Doesn’t Include Craft Bill

The House of Representatives passed a far-reaching overhaul of the U.S. tax code, reducing the corporate tax rate to its lowest point since 1939 and cutting individual taxes for most households next year. Continue reading

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WSWA Backs Senate Bill

With the House having completed its tax reform bill, attention is shifting to the Senate, and Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America praised the Senate measure, saying it “will benefit Continue reading

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UK High Court Okays Minimum Price for Alcohol

The ruling makes Scotland the first country in the world to be able to set a minimum price for alcohol.  Scottish MPs passed the minimum-price law in 2012, imposing a 50 pence per unit limit on alcohol, which mean a bottle of whiskey couldn’t be sold for less than £14 ($18.46). Continue reading

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