WASHINGTON (NEWS10) – Two liberal democratic senators from the Northeast are trying to ease taxation and regulation for the hard cider industry.
Senators Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Charles Schumer of New York announced their legislation called The Cider Act. It has already been approved by the Senate Finance Committee.
The senators said the bill is designed to update federal cider rules to meet current market expectations and manufacturing practices.
The legislation would raise allowable carbonation levels in hard ciders, align the alcohol content standard with the natural sugar content of apples, make U.S. standards consistent with European standards, and allow pears to be used in the manufacturing process.