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Kombucha, a fermented nonalcoholic black tea or green tea drink, is growing in popularity. From July 2019 to July 2020, sales of refrigerated kombucha and other fermented beverages increased 2.4 percent to $703.2 million.

Under current law, a beverage is taxed and regulated as “alcoholic” if it contains more than 0.5 percent alcohol by volume. Kombucha generally falls under this threshold, but can keep fermenting after it’s bottled as the yeasts continue to eat sugars. As a result, it can sometimes come just above that 0.5 percent threshold by the time it reaches store shelves, subjecting it to taxes and regulations as though it was “alcohol.”

The thing is, in real life, nobody actually drinks kombucha …

Sponsor and status

Ron Wyden

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Oregon. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 23, 2021
Length: 3 pages
Mar 23, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Mar 23, 2021

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4 Cosponsors (3 Democrats, 1 Republican)

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Mar 23, 2021

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S. 892 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 892. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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